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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.


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)

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