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AHEA Convention 2015: Heart of the Home

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Online Registration is no longer available, but you can still register at the door at the convention.
Registration entitles you to attend all sessions, exhibitor workshops, and the exhibit hall for both days.
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MLA's confirm that Concerns Regarding Parental Freedom in Education are Valid

Our concerns regarding parental rights in the education of our children have proven valid.  MLA’s in the legislature made this very evident with their discussion and comments last night in the legislature (March 14, 2012).  Ms. Laurie Blakeman made several comments regarding parents' rights in education.  The Alberta Hansard has not yet been printed from the evening debate so I cannot quote directly, though I caught most of the words as they were stated. (exact wording will be quoted once the Hansard on the evening session is posted)  I noted these as I was surprised how openly our very concerns were stated in the legislature.

Ms. Blakeman:  (regarding education)  Who gets to make the final decision?  Outside of Education the parent has the right. When it comes to public education, we legislators make the policy that gives forth those decisions.  The citizenry makes the decision so we have a consistent standard.

Previously in the day the following comments were made as quoted from the Alberta Hansard. 

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Amended Bill 2 Preamble Statement

On Tues, March 13, 2012, Education Minister, Thomas Lukaszuk  introduced the following amendment to the Preamble of Bill 2 Education Act: This amendment was debated at length and passed on March 14. 
 
Whereas the Government of Alberta recognizes that parents have a right to choose the religious and ethical traditions in which their children are raised; that a child's education begins in the home; that parents play a foundational role in the moral and spiritual formation of their children; and that these principles are reflected in the commitment of the Government of Alberta to provide parents choice in education, including public schools, separate schools, francophone schools, charter schools, private schools and home education programs.
 
Changing the Preamble changes nothing.
 
The Preamble is like the introduction and has almost no power of law; the Articles of the Act, the body, hold the power.
The Minister didn't change the body of Bill 2.
 
An analogy:  The Minister has sent out a new, more flowery invitation to a dinner party but the meal is still inedible. Home educators and parents still cannot swallow this.

There is no indication that there will be an amendment to s.16 proposed by the PC government.

Please read the column that follows.  It appears in today's National Post and was written by Lorne Gunter  

 

Schools Lobbying for Bill 2 s.16 changes

 
An encouraging development on March 12!
 
I was privileged to be able to meet with Citizens for Diversity in Education along with two very articulate home educating mothers.
 
CDE is a group tentatively calling itself "Citizens for Diversity in Education" and had been meeting regarding some policy changes at Edmonton Public last fall. Members of the group are involved in alternative Christian education programs sanctioned by the province education.  Organizations included in CDE are:
 
- ACSI-Association of Christian Schools International,
- Edmonton Society for Christian Education
- Living Waters Chiristian School Society
- Strathcona Christian Academy Society,
- Meadowlark Christian School Society
- Millwoods Christian School Society
- Grace Point Church
- Congregations of the Living Church of God,
- Mill Woods Pentecostal Assembly
- REAL Women
 
We met tonight to discuss the significant concerns regarding Bill 2 Education Act. Those involved in the meeting (approximately 15 individuals, each representing different organizations) were motivated to take action on Bill 2. CDE has significant concerns regarding section 16 of Bill 2 as well as the preamble statement.  At tonight’s meeting it was agreed that they would call their membership to action. They will be requesting that parents of their schools lobby for reforms to section 16 and the preamble. 
 
All who participated in the meeting were aware that debate on the Education Act will likely begin Wednesday.  They feel compelled to take action. CDE will be encouraging their membership to lobby via telephone and e-mail quickly.
 
Please pray for their efforts and that their parents will sense the urgency of this issue and that they will be compelled to act.


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