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Home Education Celebration Story: Casey

The Celbrate Home Education Rally featured several youth who wrote about their home education story. Here is one feature story:

Casey's Homeschooling Success Story

January 2017

I have been homeschooled my whole life, and I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities it has
given me. I have been able to custom make my curriculum and pursue my interests while learning all of
the essential skills I need to survive. My flexible program allows me to go out and explore the real world
through volunteering and part-time jobs. Earning me experience and a level of maturity that leads people
to believe that I am so much older than I really am! Participating in Wisdom’s online reading courses is
always a lot of fun, and I learn just as much from reading the classics as I do from the other students. I
find I am free from most peer pressure because I can focus on my education rather than what other
students think of me or public school dramatics. Homeschooling has helped me shape my dreams, I know
where I want to be in five, ten, fifteen years down the road. I can spend my time making my goals happen
rather than memorizing random facts for a pop quiz. When I look at the difference between
homeschooling and public schooling I am floored by how much more freedom I have opposed to other
students. With that freedom comes responsibility and a need for organization, and whenever those skills
are called upon I know that I am prepared to be depended on and expected of things. Homeschooling has
also taught me the value of hard work, you get what you put into a project, and I know I want the best
result possible, and how to get it. With the customization of my education I can choose what I want to
expand upon by finding educational opportunities outside of the regular classroom setting. I appreciate
my schooling because I know that learning is the lighting of a fire, not the filling of a bucket. I would
never give up my education, I love homeschooling from the deepest corners of my heart and will alway
remember how Wisdom helped me create who I am.

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Upcoming January 5 Trinity/WISDOM Injunction Hearing

On January 5, 2016, the court hearing for the continuation of the Trinity/WISDOM Homeschooling injunction will occur.

The following is a short explanation of what this means and what will happen during this court proceeding.

On October 25, 2016, the Ministry of Education removed the accreditation from Trinity Christian School, thus effectively closing WISDOM Homeschooling.

Trinity/WISDOM launched court proceedings in opposition to this closure and was successful on November 4, 2016 in getting an interim injunction to that Trinity/WISDOM could continue to operate albeit without funding.

A further hearing was set for January 5th, 2017 to determine if the injunction should be continued and funding restored (which would happen if the conditions are met to have Trinity/WISDOM to remain open pending a judicial review).

Please pray for all involved in these court proceedings.

Discernment, truth and clarity are very important, especially at this time.

AHEA will provide an update once the court has made a ruling on the injunction.

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Christmas Greetings from AHEA - 2017

As home educators look forward to Christmas and beyond to a new year, some of the challenges we have experienced in 2016 encourage us to lean even more on Christ Jesus, the reason for our hope.

When reflecting on the past year, there have been events that have caused fear and hardship.

AHEA continues to work to stem the tide of such recent events.

Yet, while we focus on these concerns, it is good to remember the divine at this time when Christians the world over celebrate the birth of the Saviour.

As we consider that God came to earth as an infant, we should contemplate what is truly important in our lives: our own infants, our children of all ages, our families, our faith.

As we think of how the holy infant grew to become a man who would die on a cross, parents today realize that we are not raising children so much as raising the adults they will become.

We chose home education because we wanted to give our children the best and the fullest education: the finest academics, crucial life skills, a strong foundation in good character and faith, and a strong family.

Regardless of what the new year brings, home educators will continue to provide that to their children.

At the same time, we should remember not to hold home educating closer than God.

What we hope for from God is much smaller than what He has planned to give us. We ask for grains of sand, and He desires to bless with beaches.

Over the holidays, please send good tidings to our elected officials: MLAs, the Education Minister, the Premier.

Christmas cards of goodwill, prayers, and seasonal messages of love, hope, peace and joy are encouraged.

Those messages of peace and joy also go out to all of you from all of the volunteers of the Alberta Home Education Association: have a happy and holy Christmas.

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Standards for Home Education Reimbursement Document

reimbursement. It may be found at: https://education.alberta.ca/home-education-blended-programs/responsibilities/everyone/resources/

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Alberta Education Funding Directive

 

On May 29, 2016, the Deputy Minister of Education announced that effective August 31, 2016, the only funding that will be made available to parents for school completed at home will be under the Home Education Regulation.
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Alberta Education Funding Directive


On May 29, 2016, the Deputy Minister of Education announced that effective August 31, 2016, the only funding that will be made available to parents for school completed at home will be under the Home Education Regulation. This is not a result of any legislative change, but is a reflection of the legal situation which has always existed in Alberta.

Alberta Education has indicated that it will take school authorities time to determine new policies and procedures. If you have been teaching your children at home in a totally or partially school directed program, the policy around reimbursing parents for resources may be changing. Parents making plans for the 2016/17 school year should be aware of changes and possible implications.

The Home Education Regulation is the only legislative provision in Alberta which allows for the reimbursement of selected educational resources, and for the parent to complete the program development, implementation and evaluation of their child's progress. Should parents wish for these provisions, they must notify of their intent to home educate under this regulation using the following notification form:

Home Registration Form DOC Download

The announcement states:
 
"Monitoring by Education staff has revealed that some school authorities operating online or regular programs are reimbursing parents approximately $1,500. I would like to remind schools and school authorities that the Education Grants Regulation clearly states that the education grant must be used only for the purpose for which it was intended. The practice of reimbursing parents for student participation in online or regular programs directs funding away from instructional support for student learning. Under the Education Grants Regulation, grant funding may be recovered if it is not used for its intended purpose.

If your school or school authority has policies and/or practices in place that reimburse parents for student participation in online or regular learning, please revise these policies and/or end these practices effective August 31, 2016.

The only provision that currently permits school authorities to pay families directly is with regard to home education. As per the Home Education Regulation, an associate school authority must offer parents of a home education student not less than 50 per cent of the home education grant for the purchase of instructional materials. The home education grant provided to authorities is $1,670.81, meaning the reimbursement offered should not be less than $835. Parents must provide the associate school authority with receipts to show how this funding was spent, as the purpose of this reimbursement is to defray costs associated with the programs of study, instructional materials or other resources related to the home education program."


For information on school authorities who have historically offered home education under the Home Education Regulation, please see:

Home School Boards

For clarifying information  on educating your child at home, please see:

What does it mean to Home School / Home Educate?

 


Education Act Update:

On June 3, 2016, Education Minister Eggen announced that 'further discussion and collaboration is needed on specific policy shifts that would take effect should the Education Act be proclaimed.  As such, the School Act will remain in effect for the 2016/2017 school year."

This means that the Home Education Regulation 145/2006  will remain in effect as is for the 2016/17 school year, while Minister Eggen engages in further discussion around the Education Act and its associated regulations.  The exact format for this engagement will be provided by Minister Eggen at a later date. 
 
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