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Home Education Regulation: Key components worth lobbying for

July 13, 2011

The current/2006 Home Education Regulation is the best regulation in Alberta since the original regulation in 1989. Pre 2006 and post 1989, the regulations were becoming more and more restrictive and limiting for home educators. Due to some very hard lobby work done by home educators, the 2006 Home Education Regulation was achieved.
There are several components to this regulation which are good and which are worth lobbying your MLA to keep.  They are:

  1. The ability to choose, deliver and evaluate your own program. These are essential to being able maintain the freedom to fully administrate your home schooling.
  2. Having the choice of school board with whom you notify of your intent to home educate. Specifically the ability to choose a non-resident board or accredited private school is extremely valuable.
  3. Having the freedom to decide whether or not your children write the Provincial Achievement Tests is an important option.
  4. The requirement to meet with a facilitator twice a year is good (compared to more mandatory meetings).
  5. Ultimately you are asking for nothing, and wanting nothing in terms of government control, restriction and money. Education Minister, Honourable Dave Hancock confirmed in a meeting with AHEA representatives in June 2011 that when more money is issued, more controls are implemented. Asking for more money is equivalent to requesting more government control.

Ultimately, we would like the current regulation reinstated. If changes should occur, we want any new regulation to incorporate these key points.

Visit with an MLA: Ideas and suggestions

July 12, 2011

Last week Connie organized a group visit with her MLA.  Her story was filled with valuable ideas that could be useful to others and she agreed to let me share our discussion and her ideas. Our e-mail discussion went something like this:

Connie: I am organizing a group meeting with home ed. parents in my area to visit our MLA this Wed. morning. Has AHEA been talking with Alta. Ed. people and, if so, what is
AHEA asking for in regard to the new regulations?

 

Patty: So great that you are getting together with your MLA!

AHEA met with Honourable Dave Hancock on June 20, 2011 and discussed the concerns outlined in the letter with him.  We would encourage you to tell your MLA that home education has proven to be successful without significant government controls in place.

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