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Merry Christmas from AHEA

 Christmas Greetings from AHEA!

One of my favorite verses is: Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

This year has been a year of highs and lows for the Home School Community in Alberta.

Some of you are new to home schooling while others have home educated for a decade or two. Some of us have only one or two children, while others have many more children. Some home school with workbooks, others unschool, and still others are eclectic in their approach to educating their children. Some are doing well financially while others are struggling hard each month. Many of us are home schooling out of conviction while others are home schooling out of desperation.

This year has also had many uncertainties for home school families living in Alberta. Some of us are reeling from an unexpected death or work issues. Others have health, parenting or relationship issues. Life might have been tough this year, but you have continued home schooling your children at home. (May God bless your efforts!)

The one thing we all have in common is the love that we have for our children and the desire to educate them at home. AHEA continues to advocate for home schooling in Alberta AND defends your right to home educate your children in Alberta. AHEA will continue to do so in 2019.

I continue to pray that God will renew your strength and resolve to home educate your children day by day. I pray that each of us will do what we can and then leave the rest in the hands of Almighty God. I also pray that God will give you peace and joy in the home school journey. 

I continue to live in faith, not fear - and that is the best word I can give you for the days ahead of us!

Happy Home Schooling AND Merry Christmas from AHEA!

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Bill 24 Injunction Appeal - Court and Continuing to Pray

Bill 24 Injunction

 Last Monday morning was our long awaited day in court for the Bill 24 Injunction Appeal at the highest court in Alberta. I appreciate that you may or may not have read my brief and quickly written report right after being in court. You may have seen some of the news reports, which I will include for your reference below as well. I realized that one of the things that people may be less familiar with is that being in the Court of Appeal has a different focus than an initial hearing. The focus of the case is typically to convince the panel of three justices that they have grounds to overturn the decision of the lower court judge. Thus, it is more of a technical argument than you would have heard at the lower court, although the Appellants had applied to introduce a significant amount of new evidence.

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Monday's Bill 24 Injunction Appeal - Attend and/or Pray Please

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‚ÄčAs many of you are aware, the marginalization of parental rights is an obvious result to Bill 24. The bill, now law, has been implemented by the current government, but they are facing resistance from a small band of brave individuals, schools and groups, which are practicing civil disobedience to this new law based on the fact that it breaks prior protections of parental rights, found in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the Alberta Bill of Rights and the Alberta Family Law Act. The security of parental rights is important to those who home educate, as it is on this basis (as well as religious freedom) we claim our right to do so. The case slated to be heard sometime in 2019 will impact us all, but this appeal is critical as we need these steadfast schools to remain open to support the home education administrations that are attached to them. They are also a beacon for those in the faith community to stand in the face of wrong doing and of encouragement to act in righteousness, honoring God above man.

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ARPA Alert about Bill 22

ARPA Alert about Bill 22

 The AHEA Board wants you to know about the ARPA Alert about Bill 22 that could negatively impact home schooling families in Alberta.

The Bill has already passed second reading and there is limited time to respond.

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eAlert: Bill 24 Ramifications Continue Apace

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More Bill 24 ramifications occurred last week. The Alberta government is demanding that independent schools renounce their religious policies. Bill 24 was sold as enforcing certain types of clubs in schools. Now it's being used to restrict the religious basis on which many Alberta independent schools are formed.
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