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Continue to Stand Strong

Bill 2 will be debated soon in the legislature.  A change in the fluid legislative agenda now suggests debate on the Bill may begin as early as today.
Please continue to contact your MLA, the Minister of Education, and the Premier's office voicing your concerns for Bill 2. 
Speak your support for the amendments which will proposed by Wildrose Education Critic, Rob Anderson.  The amendments are as follows:
 
1.Mr. Anderson to move that Bill 2, Education Act, be amended in the 8th recital of the Preamble, by striking out “parents have the right and the responsibility to make informed decisions respecting the education of their children” and substituting “parents have the paramount right and responsibility to make decisions respecting the education of their children”
 
2.Mr. Anderson to move that Bill 2, Education Act, be amended by striking out section 16 and substituting the following:
 
Respect
16
Education programs offered and instructional materials used in schools must

not promote or foster doctrines of racial or ethnic superiority or persecution,
religious intolerance or persecution, social change through violent action or
disobedience of laws.
 
(this clause is virtually identical to the second half of the previous section as it was written in the old Schools Act)

Political Process for Bill 2

Bill 2 has passed second reading in the legislature as per protocol.  Now debate may begin.
 
The legislative agenda is fluid, so exact dates and times are not certain. At this point Bill 2 is scheduled to be debated on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.  The debate could begin in the afternoon or evening. Scheduled debate times (not limited to Bill 2) are:
 
Wednesday March 14, 2012:
1:30pm-6;00pm,
7:30pm-1:00a.m.
  
Likely the debate will continue on Thursday, March 15, 2012 and possibly into the following week (the Legislature does not sit on Fridays).  The debate will go on until the government provides 24 hours of notice to end the debate.
 
Thurs:
1:30pm-4:30
 
Mon:
1:30pm-6;00pm,
7:30pm-1:00a.m. 
 
People concerned with Bill 2 may want to consider being present during the debate by sitting in the gallery.  You may contact your MLA and request an introduction.  State that you are attending with concerns regarding Bill 2 and state if you are a home educator or educate in another way.   Typically, there are school groups in the gallery until 2:00-2:30, but after that the gallery generally has seating available.  Groups of 15 or more require a booking which may be made at
 
 
For more information on how to view the legislative proceedings, go to  http://www.assembly.ab.ca/default.htm .
 
Relevant statements regarding home education and Bill 2 made during the legislative proceedings will be posted on the Political Updates webpage-Hansard Transcriptions from the Legislature post.   http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/291-hansard-transcriptions-from-the-legislature
 
 

Contacting Non-Home Educating Friends

The previous post discusses contacting the media.  It is also important for ALL parents to know how s.16 of the proposed Education Act may affect them.  Please feel free to cut, paste and personalize the attached e-mail and forward it onto your friends.
 
March 8, 2012
 
My dear friends,
 
I have a burning issue on my heart that I believe will concern many of you as well.  Our Alberta government has tabled Bill 2 Education Act which contains a section which could directly influence the content of materials taught in every school in Alberta.  Up until now, media coverage has focused on the impact to Home Educators, but the impact it can have on all
Alberta Schools is very real and significant.   Section 16 of the Act states that All courses or programs of study offered and instructional materials used in a school must reflect the diverse nature and heritage of society in Alberta, promote understanding and respect for others and honour and respect the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and
the Alberta Human Rights Act.” 
 
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