November 14, 2016
FAQ in Alberta
As information is coming in and as multiple sources are commenting on the WISDOM/Trinity scenario, homeschooling families in Alberta are rightfully asking questions of clarifications. Lisa McManus, Legal Counsel at HSLDA Canada has taken time to answer a few of these most frequently asked questions here.
- Should I take steps to re-notify with another school board?
On November 4, 2016 Trinity/Wisdom were successful in obtaining a temporary injunction until January 5, 2017. Therefore, there is no need to re-notify at this time.
- What if Trinity/Wisdom are NOT successful on January 5, 2017 (that is, if the injunction does not continue)?
HSLDA continues to closely monitor all developments and investigate a number of strategies, all with a view to protecting and even increasing homeschooling liberties in Alberta. These strategies include a range of options from re-notification with other school boards to litigation to non-notification. At this point, it is wise to be patient.
- I am hearing talk about reimbursements for families from Alberta Education. What are the details about that?
Alberta Education has posted new information on its website regarding Home Education Reimbursements to parents who had notified with Trinity Christian School Association (Wisdom Home Schooling): https://education.alberta.ca/media/3386099/parentqa-for-web-nov7-updated_final.pdf
Reimbursement requires the family to provide AB Ed with your education plan and receipts for approved expenses.
- What does this mean to families if Wisdom succeeds on January 5, 2017 in maintaining the injunction?
For all intents and purposes, if you seek reimbursement from AB Ed, you are essentially notifying directly with the Ministry. It is not clear from the AB Ed’s communication whether you would be permitted to re-re-notify with Wisdom post January 5th.
- Does AB Ed have a bigger agenda to eliminate homeschool-friendly oversight?
Maybe! We are asked this question frequently. We don’t really know what the end-game of AB Ed is but they have admitted that they are always reviewing the work of other private school boards who oversee homeschoolers. Yet, Premier Rachel Notley and Minister David Eggens have publicly stated their support of homeschooling. We need to be wise.
As always, if you have other questions pertaining to the Alberta situation, or any other homeschooling concern, contact the office and we will direct your call so that you get the answers you need.