As a homeschool community, we strongly support any efforts to maintain a parent's legal and fundamental rights to their children and being fully informed. This case was heard in Medicine Hat on June 20th, and is currently under advisement with a 'timely ruling' promised before June 30th. Our immediate and urgent prayers should be going up for the judge and the judgement. One of the largest court cases of our day, it has received little press from the time of filing until recently. There are actually 26 faith-based schools of differing faiths, along with individual parents and groups, including Parents for Choice in Education. John Carpay explained that, "An injunction on Bill 24 provisions would prevent these provisions from being put into force until after the Court has determined the constitutionality of the Bill." He is referring to the Bill's provisions that keep parents in the dark about their child's involvement in student groups or activities and illegal for the staff to share information with parents in all cases. These parents assert that keeping parents in the dark threatens the safety of some of Alberta's most vulnerable and at-risk students.
Alberta Home Education Association
This ruling is almost hard to quantify in its impact. The implications are going to reverberate down throughout the laws of our land. At stake were the freedoms of speech, religion and association and these are near and dear to the hearts of home educators, and all people who value freedoms. We encourage you to read up on the various perspectives that people are sharing. . . there are many.
Here are a few to get you started:
And you may want to sign up for this FREE webinar that will break down the implications of the case:
Alberta Education continues to focus its energies on eliminating exceptions to the public school system. We should be fully aware of these efforts that are being felt around the province, and realize that we want to stand together, lest we fall apart.
The school was in court last month in Wetaskiwin for an injunction with the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms against closure by the Battle River School Division (BRSD). The court ruled against Cornerstone's request to continue to operate under BRSD. "Justice Clarkson agreed, however, that it would be unconstitutional for the Alberta government to refuse to grant Cornerstone Christian Academy private school status, which Cornerstone held until it joined BRSD in 2009." Please pray for the families and school as they decide how to respond to the negative decision from the bench.
As always, AHEA encourages its members to be politically active and advocate for the rights of parents and home educating in Alberta. May 4-6, the United Conservative Party had its Founding AGM and voted on many new policies. Many policies were submitted by AHEA members and AHEA Board Members. Thanks so much to everyone who participated in this way!
Because of your efforts, parental rights in education were solidified as a policy for the UCP!
The exact wording of the passed policy is as following:
"The United Conservative Party is committed to affirming the right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children."
This is a very significant stance for the UCP party to take and one that is of great value to home educators.
Another policy which passed is very important for home educators R106) "The UCP party is committed to parental choice in education, in both form and content." The 'form and content' component is very significant in AHEA's advocacy work with the UCP party!!
I shared this on AHEA's Facebook Page a few days ago and thought it is a good reminder for many of us.
"Just so you know, there is so much more to the annual AHEA Convention than the Exhibit Hall and buying. (I must say I love looking at curriculum and books, and have bought a lot through the years...) BUT the Exhibit Hall and buying isn't the most important thing for me ...
I would highly recommend checking out the sessions available (both the keynotes and other sessions) and attending as many as possible. So often, I would come to the Convention drained from months of home schooling and pouring myself into our children.... As I attended the different sessions, I "always" got recharged for another year of home educating.
*Of course, you want to take some time to look at curriculum (and try to buy what you need at the Convention!), but renewing your vision for home schooling is what will keep you going for the long haul. Don't get distracted by shopping.... Get the encouragement you *need* this weekend (April 12 - 14, 2018) to keep home schooling your children!