To all AHEA members and Alberta home educators and parents.
After Education Minister David Eggen shut down Trinity Christian School and WISDOM Home Schooling on October 25th, AHEA received a torrent of calls and texts and emails from concerned parents.
These came from both WISDOM parents and non-WISDOM parents, from home educators and those who don't home educate, from many Albertans shocked and dismayed by what had occurred.
The commonly expressed concern was that the government had not acted in a fair manner and had not followed due process.
On November 4th, Trinity/WISDOM were granted an injunction allowing them to stay open (although without funding until at least January 5th when further proceedings will take place)
While AHEA makes no statement on the merits of the allegations brought by the Alberta government, AHEA does point out these legal proceedings - and those to come - will allow both sides to present their cases in an open and fair manner so that due process can be followed.
To that end, AHEA is encouraged by today's ruling and we look forward to having the truth come out in full
This is in line with AHEA's Philosophy and Objects:
AHEA "recognizes the supremacy of God and the rule of law", and holds that government "must exercise its compelling interest in the education of the young by the least intrusive means."
As such, we ask that you pray for our elected officials and courts so that the respect for constitutional rights will always be honoured.
The board of the Alberta Home Education Association