April 19, 2016
This morning (April 19, 2016), AHEA received two telephone calls from Education Minister Eggen's office. Minister Eggen's office wanted to assure home educators that there has been no policy change within the NDP government. He stated that the budget tabled last week reflects the NDP commitment to stable funding for home education, and that the events in the legislature on April 18, 2016 do not reflect a policy or principle change. When concerns were raised by AHEA about the intent of the motion, it was affirmed that there is no policy change, and the amendment proposed in the legislature was intended to be a statement affirming the NDP commitment to public education, and not a disavowment to private or home education. During a second discussion, AHEA was informed that MLA (NDP) Luff will be withdrawing her amendment to Mr. McIver's motion, due to the unintended confusion that it has created, a response in part due to the concerns raised by AHEA and home educators. On May 2, 2016, the original motion that Mr. McIver made will be debated in the legislature.