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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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June and Summer 2016 AHEA Update

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.
For more information and to read the latest AHEA EAlert, please go to the below link:
 

 
"The Minister of Education has announced, in the last few weeks, that the 2012 Education Act (passed by the legislature but not yet proclaimed) and the Regulations that fall under it, will need further review. The Minister also announced that his ministry would be undertaking a thorough curriculum review of the Alberta Program of Studies.
AHEA will be part of both of these reviews and, as always, will advocate strongly for home educators and for parental rights and freedoms."
 

 
"Recently, there was an unprovoked and baseless attack on the reputation of AHEA and on the individuals on the board. As we have made clear repeatedly, AHEA has not and will not compromise the rights and freedoms of Alberta home educators and parents. A handful of parents contacted AHEA to ask questions based on the misinformation and errors they had been told and we clarified things for them. As always, if you need information on anything regarding home education in Alberta, please contact us using our Contact page."
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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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Rally to Defend Parental Authority

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Rally to Defend Parental Authority
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Rally to Defend Parental Authority


There are peaceful rallies being held this Saturday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m., at both the Edmonton Legislature and Calgary McDougall Centre. These rallies have been organized by Parents for Choice in Education (PCE)  to uphold parental authority that is being denied through the introduction of  Bill 10. It is our chance to have a collective voice and stand with fellow parents to protect our children and those for generations to come.

Invite a friend and we will see you there! 

For further information: www.parentchoice.ca 
There is also a petition that can be signed.

Alberta Legislature Building - 107 Street and 97 Avenue, Edmonton, AB
Maps and information regarding the Alberta Legislature can be found at: www.assembly.ab.ca/visitor/index.html

McDougall Centre - 4 Ave and 6 St SW Downtown Calgary. - 2 blocks north of the C-Train.

They are expecting a crowd so you may want to come early. You may also want to give some thought as to where to park or take the train/bus.
 
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Communication Liaison Report - AGM - April 9, 2016

It has been a busy year for AHEA. AHEA tries very hard to communicate with home educators via the AHEA website, Support Groups and Facebook.

Patty Marler and I spent an afternoon together in early March where we went through the website, page by page. We asked our Webmaster to move and update pages – to make items easier to find and to update the Website. Please take some time to check the AHEA website out and watch for new content.

The Support Groups List on the website has been updated in 2016, as well.

As the moderator of the AHEA Page on Facebook, I try really hard to keep it a positive, encouraging page for Home Educators. Part of AHEA’s purpose is to support and encourage Home Schooler’s in Alberta. The Facebook Page is about two years old and has close to 1500 members.

If you want to join (or know of someone) our Facebook Page, please watch for a private message from me. I check out every potential member before approving them. This is because in the past politicians, salesmen, reporters AND spammers have tried to join. AHEA wants their Facebook Page to be a safe and encouraging place for Home Educators.

After joining, I encourage everyone to read the Page Description (on the upper right hand side of the page) so that they are familiar with the Page Rules. The basic page rules are:

  • To post respectfully and thoughtfully
  • No Sale Posts. These will be removed without warning. These work better on the Support Group email lists or Facebook Pages for individual areas.
  • No advertising of events for specific areas as well. If everyone was to post for sale or advertising events, it would be hard for anyone to see the other posts. AHEA’s Facebook Page is a Provincial Page, with home educators from all over the Province. Posts need to reflect that fact.

The Page Description also has a reminder that AHEA supports Parent Directed Home Schooling in Alberta. Not every discussion about funding or home schooling in Alberta belongs on the AHEA page.

There is also a reminder that all links are not endorsed by the AHEA Board. There are many links that are Christian in nature, but there are also links that are secular. Click on the links that you wish to read.

At the very bottom of the Page Description, there is a link to the AHEA Pinterest Boards. Many of the links shared will end up on these Pinterest Boards, to help clean up the Facebook Page and to make it easier for home educators to find the links that have been shared. *The AHEA Pinterest Boards are NEW for 2016.

I do appreciate every Home Educator who post and comment positively and make this community a better place for everyone. Facebook was a new venture for AHEA two years ago, but has proven to be a great tool in getting political information out to Home Educators in Alberta, as well as encouraging and supporting Home Schooling parents.

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