The School Act

Alberta Education Consultations Sept 2017

In reviewing Alberta’s education legislation to ensure it is meeting the needs of students, the Education department is holding consultations for potential amendments to the School Act, in the province during September.

  • September 6 and 7 in Red Deer;
  • September 11 and 12 in Grande Prairie;
  • September 19 and 20 in Lethbridge;
  • September 21 and 22 in Calgary; and
  • September 25 and 26 and 27 and 28 in Edmonton.

The Minister has asked each School Board to invite a parent representative from an ASCA member school council to participate in the consultations.

The Ministry has identified policy issues that require further discussion and engagement, and are seeking input on several topics, including:

  • age of access;
  • age of common entry; and
  • education services agreements between school boards and First Nations.

These discussions are meant to inform potential amendments to the current School Act.

The ASCA organization will have representation at each of these meetings as well and looks forward to meeting the parents representing their school districts.

The document attached contains association information and member policy statements relevant to the discussion topics for reference.

School Councils are an important legislated voice in Alberta’s K- 12 education system, and we encourage participation in this valuable engagement opportunity with the Ministry.


The School Act

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 Councils Regulation s.22(10)


The Education Act

Since the fall of 2015, the Education Act has been the subject of an extensive government review. No decisions regarding the proclamation of the Education Act have been made at this time. The School Act, which has served Alberta's students well for almost three decades, remains in effect.

The draft Education Act, received Royal Assent in 2012. No decisions have been made regarding its proclamation.