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Cornerstone Christian Academy

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.

Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms: Judge rejects injunction to stay closure of Cornerstone Christian Academy

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UCP AGM In Review

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!!

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There is more to the Annual Convention than buying!

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!

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Tips for Shopping at the AHEA Convention

 (Korien Sampson - AHEA's Convention Director shared the below on Facebook.  I thought I would share it here as encouragement for newcomers to the Convention.  The AHEA Convention is one of the biggest Conventions in Canada - if not the biggest!  This year it looks like there will be a record number of attendees - perhaps over 2500!  We will see.)

The AHEA Convention Exhibit Hall can be overwhelming especially to newbies. 

For those who would like some help, I offer the following:

Exhibit Hall Prescription

1st Walk About: Walk the entire hall and collect catalogues and brochures. Sit down and check out the catalogues. Make notes. Plan your next trip through the hall.

2nd Walk About: Follow your plan and take notes. Ask questions. Sit down and look over your notes. Consider how you would use products. Eliminate what won't apply to you. Consider your budget. Make more notes and make a new plan.

3rd Walk About: Follow plan and budget. Start making purchases. Participate in the BUY IT HERE program with AHEA and enter your name in the draw for $100 cash prizes, plus many more.

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AHEA Convention 2018 is almost here!

‚ÄčThe Countdown to the AHEA Convention is counting down quickly!  

In 3 days and 11 hours, the Alberta Home Education Association Convention (the biggest in Western Canada!) will start on Thursday night!  

There are great Keynote speakers, many speakers from Alberta, the AHEA Graduation, the Exhibit Hall, and so much more.  All with information about how to home school your children or inspiration and encouragement about home education.

If you want to know more, here are AHEA's videos about the Annual Convention happening on April 12 - 14, 2018 in Red Deer, Alberta



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