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AHEA Convention 2015: Heart of the Home

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Bill 10 and Home Education

AHEA is currently analyzing Alberta Bill 10, which recently passed in amended form, and AHEA's response will require time and legal expertise.

While the original version of Bill 10 included some positive elements, the amended Bill 10 actually reduces parental and local school authority.

It should also be noted that the amendments and the final vote on Bill 10 were 'fast tracked' through the legislature in order to reduce debate on the bill - something that should concern all Albertans.

Further, as stated in our December 1 2014 letter to the Premier and all MLAs, it is AHEA's position that ALL students should be free from bullying for ANY reason but that each student - each person - is worthy of respect based on the fact that each one is a whole and complete person and that any attempt to define a person by only one aspect of his or her personhood is a form of bullying in itself.

We ask that all AHEA members and all home educators continue to pray for our elected leaders - including Mr. Donovan and Mr. Rowe who voted against the amended bill - and for the future of home education in Alberta.

Since we don't yet know the impact Bill 10 will have on home educators we should also pray for our students as well as students attending all Alberta schools.

Thank you.

Paul van den Bosch
President
Alberta Home Education Association

Last Two Days of AHEA Convention Early Bird Discounts

Last Two Days for AHEA Convention Early Bird Discounts

In order to receive the Early Bird Discount rate, all Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by March 6 - please do not mail in registration forms after March 6.

Although Early Bird Discount Rates are only in effect until March 6, 2015, online registration will continue to be available until April 4, 2015. You may register at the door after that date.

Letter to the Editor, Edmonton Journal

Letter to the Editor, Edmonton Journal, January 30 2015:

I would like to respond to the allegations made by other educators in the Journal article (“Home schooling loophole leaves some Alberta kids uneducated, critics say”, January 29 2015).

I’ll start with a clarification: when it is mentioned that home education students qualify for $1641 in funding, it should be noted that families have access to only half of that for reimbursement of educational supplies and the other half is retained by the school authority to pay for supervision of those families.
There is full accountability.

I should also note that this amount is a pittance when compared to the money spent on public education where school boards receive approximately $10,000 (yes, that’s 10 thousand dollars) per student!
You see, home education saves the Alberta government - and Alberta taxpayers - millions of dollars, but public school administrators want that money.
That’s what this is all about.

Research has shown that students are well educated whether the education is received through home education or through instruction at a congregate site:
- a large body of research shows that home educated students consistently score 15 to 30% higher on standardized tests than the average institutional learning child.
- research on Alberta congregate sites indicates student achievement is at or above grade level according to the Canadian Test of Basic Skills.

This is not anecdotal information.
AHEA has provided this research to previous Education Ministers and we are providing it again to current Minister Gordon Dirks.
We have also provided the same information to Superintendent David Steele and to the Alberta Teacher’s Association.
In fact, Mr. Steele has received confirmation from Alberta Education staff that our information is correct and further, Jeff Johnson, when he was Education Minister, did an investigation of congregate sites and found that the students there were receiving a good education.

I could cite much more research but it seems plain that those with a financial incentive choose selective deafness instead of hearing the facts.
There is no ‘loophole’ that needs to be closed here.

Thank you,

Paul van den Bosch
President
Alberta Home Education Association

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