April 2, 2019
Update on the Proposed Amendments to the Homeschooling Regulation
In our March 27th post, we notified you of a new draft homeschooling regulation tabled that day by Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge. Any person or organization interested in commenting on the draft Regulation must do so within 45 days of March 27th.
Minister Roberge’s draft Regulation would require:
1. Ministerial exams, which begin in Grade 4; and,
2. Children to attend the monitoring meeting with their parents.
It is unclear from the wording of the draft Regulation, but the draft’s amendments to s. 4(2) of the Homeschooling Regulation may mandate use of Ministry curriculum for compulsory subjects (French, English, math, science, technology, and the social sciences, chosen from among the subjects that are taught during the cycle of instruction in which the student would be if the student were attending school).
The HSLDA legal team is preparing our submissions to the government on the draft Regulation, working with the other homeschooling organizations in Quebec on a response to this draft Regulation, and reaching out to media to clarify the content of the existing Regulation. This Regulation represents a significant change to the comprehensive homeschooling paradigm established by Bill 144 and the Homeschooling Regulation, which were passed with extensive consultation with the affected communities, education professionals, and researchers between 2017 and 2018. In contrast, this draft Regulation was announced on March 27th, 2019, without prior notice to the many professionals, organizations, and communities involved in the development of Bill 144 and the Homeschooling Regulation, and without any consultation with the Provincial Advisory Panel on Homeschooling established in 2017.
As we prepare submissions to the government on the draft Regulation, we urge you again to contact your MNA via phone or meet with them in person to voice your concern about this draft Regulation. Please review and share the expanded Guide to lobbying your MNA regarding the new draft regulation which now includes detailed instructions on locating your MNA’s contact information. We also encourage you to submit letters with your written comments on the draft Regulation directly to the Minister of Education and Higher Education, 1035, rue De La Chevrotière, 16e étage, Québec (Québec) G1R 5A5. The HSLDA team is available to provide feedback on our members’ submissions to the Minister; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 819.909.6928 during business hours.