Choice in Education

Choice in Education

The government is developing legislation on a proposed Choice in Education Act, expected to be introduced in the spring of 2020.

This proposed Act will further refine the governing Education legislation to affirm parents’ rights as primary decision-makers in their child’s education and support the range of choice within the current education system.

Alberta offers a number of education options that allow parents to select the path they feel will best help their children reach their full potential. Please see the description(s) below. (or download file here)

Insights regarding how to enhance choice in education within our current system, and feedback from an online  survey will be used in shaping the proposed Choice in Education Act.

Link to the Government News Release

Education Options (government website)

Choice in Education Act

In their election platform as part of their commitment to education, the UCP government stated it will:

Introduce a Choice in Education Act which will

• Affirm parents have primary responsibility for the education of their children

Add to the preamble of the Education Act recognition of Section 26.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”

Protect the status and funding of independent schools in legislation given that they save the public education system $168 million annually.

Facilitate the creation and operation of new charter schools by

Lifting the cap on the number of charter schools

Lifting charter school enrolment caps

Allowing charter schools to own property

Treat charter schools as priorities above other possible uses for surplus public-school infrastructure

Support and encourage an expansion of alternative programs in the public system

Respect the constitutional right to separate schools

Maintain funding for independent schools and home schoolers at current levels

Encourage the sharing of busing and infrastructure where appropriate, while respecting the distinctive nature of both systems

Amend the Education Act to implement the Leadership Quality Standards

Ensure that requests from parents for blended homeschool programs are facilitated