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AHEA e-news- Political Unity Information

AHEA e-news- Political Unity Information

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Political Unity Information

AHEA is a non-partisan politically-minded organization, and so AHEA strives to keep its members informed of events of potential interest to home educators.

Currently, there are three major parties which make up Alberta's government and opposition; the New Democrat Party (NDP), the Wildrose(WR) and the Progressive Conservative (PC) parties. The Wildrose and PC parties have recently proposed a unification agreement, which, if ratified, would see the WR and the PC parties unite under one United Conservative banner.

In order to see this unification occur, members of each party must show their agreement for such unification. The PC party requires 50% agreement and the Wildrose party requires 75% agreement. Individuals interested in being a part of the unification process must purchase memberships in the party/parties by July 8 in order to be able to vote. This may be done here.

Whatever your political mindedness, it is important to be active and participate in political processes available to you.

Alberta Education Review of Home Education Reimbursements

On June 16, AHEA president, Patty Marler, along with school board associations and another home school advocacy group were invited by Alberta Education to discuss the Standards for Home Education Reimbursement. Alberta Education remained true to their word in reviewing and revisiting the document by the end of the school year.

AHEA initially met with Alberta Education in September, 2016 regarding this document. At that point and in subsequent meetings, we outlined many concerns, concerns which you later confirmed in feedback to Alberta Education. All the work undertaken has had a positive impact!

AHEA is pleased that many of the concerns identified by AHEA and home educators were addressed in a revised draft version of the Standards document. The document continues to be 'a living document' with some of AHEA's recommendations from today's meeting being considered for the 2017/2018 document or the 2018/2019 document.

AHEA advocated for parental decision making in all educational reimbursements. However, due to abuses that have occurred over the years with home education funding reimbursements, the government was clear that guidelines will continue to be implemented.

While both home education advocacy groups did not agree on some of the change items being advocated for, Alberta Education did indicate that they would meet further with AHEA to discuss our suggestions for eligible resources.

AHEA also advocated for the release of this document prior to the start of the school year, as the October 2016 release date caused challenges for both parents and home education administrations. Assistant deputy Minister Boje and Minister Eggen's chief of staff Jeremy Nolais assured AHEA that the document would be finalized and released soon.

Minister Eggen's chief of staff indicated that the finances of all school administrations - not only home education administrations - are being closely scrutinized and reviewed. The Standards for Home Education Reimbursement reflect an outcome of the review of the home education component of education in Alberta.

As always, AHEA's Patty Marler advocated for a notification only option for home educators.

Patty Marler

AHEA President

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