The decision by the Court of Appeal has been reached. One dissenting judge, of three, saw the risk of schools losing their funding before the case is actually heard later this year. Stay tuned for further updates as decisions will be made by the government, the lawyers and the parties involved. Prayers and politics are a good mix... both will be needed.
Alberta Home Education Association
The 2019/20 AHEA board has selected a new executive and redistributed board duties.
The new executive is as follows:
- President: Ted Tederoff
- Vice-President: Shannon Tederoff
- Secretary: Beth Wiens
- Treasurer: Gary Wiens
Special board positions include:
- Government Liaison: Shawna Sundal
- Website Liaison: Nicole Noster
- Support Group Liaisons: Ted Tederoff, Shannon Tederoff and Shawna Sundal
- Convention Liaison: Shannon Tederoff
Member-at-large: Simon Noster
We look forward to our new board duties and responsibilities, and will work as a team to support each other in the demands of the year come.
On April 16th, 2019 the UCP government won a majority victory in Alberta. AHEA looks forward to knowing who the new Education Minister will be so that we can begin to build relationship and work together. Good news from the speech:
"The silent majority has spoken. . . not the loud and angry voices on social media. But average Albertans who simply spoke today. Those folks who simply want their common sense values reflected in their government. Who want high quality health, education and public services, but who understand that we need a vibrant public sector economy to help pay for those things. . . Albertans who believe in our great tradition of school choice because they understand that parents know better than politicians what's best for their kids."Jason Kenney, Premier-designate
4/16/19, Victory Speech
Hands down - the winning point! Now let's see the policies that will reflect this. . .
If the 2014 Education Act is proclaimed as promised by the UCP, replacing the School Act we are currently operating under, we still need to be aware of the outstanding implications of the law contained therein. Please consider the latest article by John Carpay, titled "Battle over parental rights continues after Alberta election." The outstanding court cases are very relevant and important. We continue to encourage you to pray for the judges from the Alberta Court of Appeal that are currently deliberating on the Bill 24 Injunction, as well as the lawyers preparing for the Bill 24 case itself, which is anticipated at the end of the year if nothing changes.
Parental rights are very much still being debated in the public square, and we encourage you to be informed and engaged on this issue, as home education is directly related.
Due to a variety of reasons, the AHEA Convention is extending the Early Bird Deadline until March 15th 2019.
Please remember that Graduation registration still ends on midnight of March 1st. Registration for all Youth Labs closes March 15th. Registration for the Children's Program closes April 1st.
We look forward to seeing you at the convention!
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.