Strong Turnout at Home Educators Conference in Red Deer

This weekend, the Alberta Home Education Assocation (AHEA) hosted a great conference in Red Deer. Numerous speakers, sessions, and exhibitors provided information and support for home educating families. Parents for Choice in... Read more
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Cuts Coming to Busing Support

The belt-tightening in Alberta's recent budget will have an affect on support for busing, according to Global News. The government is eliminating a fuel subsidy to schools, and this will increase costs... Read more
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Government Working on PAT ‘Alternatives’

The provincial government has signaled that they are preparing to move to a different model for standardized testing – one that will apparently emphasize ‘competence’ over ‘content’. You can read an Edmonton... Read more
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Budget Cuts Disproportionately Affect Independent Schools

The recent provincial budget in Alberta is something of an 'austerity budget'. Spending is maintained in some areas and cut in others. This reflects the fiscal reality, and we at PCE are... Read more
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PCE Executive Director Speaks to ARPA Group

Yesterday evening, PCE Executive Director Garnett Genuis spoke to Alberta members of the Association for Reformed Political Action at Immanuel Canadian Reformed Church. He spoke about how they can effectively involve themselves... Read more
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Budget Pressures on Education

Last week, the Alberta government released the provincial budget. Given increasing fiscal pressures, there are three major points worth noting with regard to education: 1) The government and the Alberta teachers association... Read more
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Michael Coren Energizes PCE Supporters

This past Saturday, talk show host and best-selling author Michael Coren spoke to PCE supporters at a fundraising dinner in Calgary. Coren entertained those present by sharing various jokes and personal anecdotes,... Read more
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Debate in 24 Hours about Graphic Sex Ed

We brought you a story earlier about a Vancouver school where a student was given a brochure with graphic pictures of people having sex. Parents were not consulted and the parent of... Read more
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1 Week to Michael Coren Dinner

Parents for Choice in Education will be holding a fundraising dinner with Michael Coren in Calgary 1 week from today. Michael Coren is a widely acclaimed talk show host and best-selling author.... Read more
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Sexually Explicit Materials in Schools

A woman in Nanaimo recently found out that her son had been given sexually-explicit material by instructors at school. The booklet he was given was designed to promote condom use, and showed... Read more
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More Ontario Madness - Toronto School Board Paints Communism in a Positive Light

We at PCE focus our efforts here in Alberta; however, we also think it is important to follow development in education in other provinces. What happens in other places can quickly be... Read more
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Fraser Institute Ranks Elementary Schools

The Fraser Institute is a BC-based think tank, and it has existed for about 40 years. One of their ongoing projects is to rank schools, based on publically-available data, in order to... Read more
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Alberta School Boards Association Offers Training to Trustee Candidates

School Board Trustee elections are coming up this fall, and Parents for Choice in Education is planning on playing an active role across the province helping to elect trustees who support parental... Read more
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4 Day School Week

The public school board in Fort McMurray is considering moving to a 4 day school week. The board faces a large deficit, and this would provide significant savings. The 4 school days... Read more
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The Economics of School Choice

A supporter of PCE recently sent me a great paper written by Caroline Hoxby about the economics of school choice programs. It's a great read. Hoxby explains well why some school choice... Read more
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Fiscal Situation Means 'Tough Choices' in Education

Alberta's provincial government has signaled that the provincial budget, scheduled to be released in early March, will include some 'tough choices'. Because of the status of energy revenues, the government will not... Read more
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PCE to Host Fundraising Dinner in Calgary with Michael Coren

Parents for Choice in Education will be hosting a fundraising dinner in Calgary on March 9th with TV host and best-selling author Michael Coren. Michael Coren speaks often about education issues on... Read more
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Ontario Update: New Premier Wants New Proposed Sex-Ed Curriculum Impose on All Schools

Ontario’s recently elected premier Kathleen Wynne has indicated that her administration will bring back a controversial sex-ed curriculum which was proposed by previous Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty. McGuinty shelved the program after... Read more
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Alberta Education Minister Talks Curriculum Changes

Speaking recently in Edson, Alberta's education minister Jeff Johnson suggested that curriculum needs to change and adapt with the times. His comments were covered in the Edson Leader, and you can read... Read more
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PCE to Exhibit at AHEA Conference

One of the organizations in Alberta which advocates for parental authority and choice in education is the Alberta Home Education Association (AHEA). AHEA represents the home education community in Alberta. On April... Read more
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Catholic Trustees Raise Awareness with "Faith in our Future" Campaign

The Ontario Catholic School Trustees Association has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the value of a distinct Catholic school system. The right for Catholics to have a separate education... Read more
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Alberta's Education Minister Eyes 'Merit Pay' for Teachers

Alberta's Education Minister mused yesterday about creating a system of 'merit pay' for teachers in Alberta. This is the idea that 'better teachers' who go above and beyond the call of duty... Read more
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Catholic School Field Trip Planned to Campaign for Obama

A Catholic school in Ontario planned a field trip to campaign for Obama. This might be troubling to many Catholics, who see clear incongruities between the teachings of the Catholic Church and... Read more
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School in Whitecourt Offers Unique Alternative Delivery Model

A school in Whitecourt, recently featured in the 'Whitecourt Star' offers a unique approach to education which allows more students to take the courses they need to graduate. You can read about... Read more
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School Choice: Year in Review and Look Ahead

PCE recently came across a post on an American education blog - a school choice 'year in review', looking at trends in education and school choice south of the border. It's worth... Read more
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