The following information is presented to encourage school council members to connect and build relationships in the provincial political system. Awareness and knowledge building can lead to effective participation and opportunity to influence education in Alberta. As the provincial organization representing parents on school councils in Alberta, the association advocates for and presents policy passed by its members, to government and other groups in public education.
Alberta's 17th Premier, the Honourable Rachel Notley, and her Cabinet, were sworn in on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on May 24.
The Education Act (School Act)
The Education Act
Since the fall of 2015, the Education Act and its proposed regulations have been the subject of an extensive government review. As a result of this review, it has been determined that further discussion and collaboration is required regarding specific policy shifts contained in the Education Act.
As a result, the School Act will remain in effect for the 2016/17 school year.
It is expected that, later in 2016, education stakeholders will be engaged in further discussion regarding education legislation.
The Education Act received Royal Assent in 2012. It specifies goals for Alberta's Early Childhood Services to Grade 12 education system and identifies the roles and responsibilities of the Ministry, school boards, charter schools, private schools, teachers, parents and students.
The School Act
The School Act sets out the goals, roles and responsibilities of Alberta’s Early Childhood Services to Grade 12 (ECS-12) education system.
School Act Regulations
The regulations take their authority from specific sections of the School Act and describe additional legal requirements that must be met by the Government of Alberta, school boards, charter schools, private schools, teachers and parents. The relevant sections of the School Act are identified after each regulation.
School Council Action Guides (PDF)
School Council Political Action Guide
Guide to Organize a Candidates Forum
About Alberta Education
Alberta Education supports students, parents, teachers and administrators from Early Childhood Services (ECS) through Grade 12.
The Ministry has the following responsibilities:
- Develops curriculum and sets standards
- Evaluates curriculum and assesses outcomes
- Teacher development and certification
- Supports special needs students
- Funds and supports school boards
- Aboriginal and francophone education
- Oversees basic education policy and regulations
The Minister of Education
Key Players in the Alberta Education System
Alberta Catholic Schools Trustee Association
The Alberta Catholic School Trustees' Association represents 24 school boards and 151 trustees, who in turn serve more than 104,000 students in 286 schools.
Alberta School Councils' Association
The Alberta School Councils' Association (ASCA) provides the structures and processes for members to actively influence provincial-level decisions about education.
Alberta School Boards Association
The Alberta School Boards Association's (ASBA) web site keeps you informed of news and issues affecting Education in Alberta and access to listings of Trustees, School Boards, and jurisdictions in Alberta.
Alberta Teachers' Association
The Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA) is Alberta's professional teacher organization.
Association of School Business Officials of Alberta
The Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA) is a professional association dedicated to promoting the highest standards of school business management in competency, leadership qualities, and ethical standards of school business officials at all levels.
College of Alberta School Superintendents
The members of the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) are the voice of system educational leaders, providing leadership, expertise, and advocacy to promote student success.
Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
This website is sponsored by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada on behalf of all the provincial and territorial departments / ministries of education, and serves as an international portal to education information for all jurisdictions in Canada.
Public School Boards Association of Alberta (PSBAA)
The PSBAA's mission is to ensure the continuation and constant improvement of a universally accessible system of public education, which is locally governed, student centered and challenging.
The Alberta Regional Professional Development Consortia (ARPDC) are dedicated to promoting adult learning to benefit students, through the provision of professional learning opportunities at the local, regional and provincial levels.
The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS)
The Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) is an association comprised of the Minster of Education approved charter schools that choose to be members and support TAAPCS objectives.
Albertans invest $6.1 billion a year in public education
In 2013-14, Alberta taxpayers will invest $6.1 billion to educate the 557,892 Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in Alberta’s francophone, public and separate schools. This doesn’t include the costs of building and maintaining schools. The provincial government collects taxes and decides each year how much money to allocate to school boards, who decide how to spend that money locally. While taxpayers foot most of the bill for public education, school boards may collect a little money through local fees, selling goods and services, investments and local fundraising.