Please see the message below from the Minister of Education.
Today, I was proud to introduce Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act, which will protect choice within Alberta’s robust and diverse education system.
If passed, the bill will amend the Education Act to affirm that parents, not politicians, have the right to choose the kind of education they feel is best for their children. It will strengthen Alberta’s successful history of education choice, including public and separate schools, francophone schools, charter schools, independent (private) schools, home education and early childhood education.
Bill 15 also proposes enhancements to education choice. The proposed Choice in Education Act:
amends the preamble of the Education Act to include 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”;
protects parental choice while ensuring a strong public education system by indicating support for all types of schooling;
supports the continued creation of new charter schools, including vocation-focused charter schools;
protects the status of independent (private) schools; and
allows for the creation of a new option for parents who choose to homeschool their children.
I would like to thank all those who provided input over the past several months. I value the perspectives that were shared by parents, students and community partners, including the more than 50,000 Albertans who shared their views through the public survey on education choice in late 2019. Alberta Education has also released a summary report of the survey.
I believe that all Albertans share the same values in wanting a strong, vibrant education system that meets the learning needs of all students and gives them the skills and knowledge to reach their full potential. Alberta has always been a leader in educational choice, and I am proud to say that Alberta provides parents with more opportunities for their children’s education than anywhere else in Canada.
More information about Bill 15, the Choice in Education Act is available here.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to Alberta’s students. I look forward to continuing our work together to improve and modernize Alberta’s education system.
Minister of Education