Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. In order to meet legislative requirements, 16 proposed regulations have been developed that align with and support the Act.
The 16 proposed regulations are:
- Alberta School Foundation Fund
- Board Procedures
- Charter Schools
- Disposition of Property
- Early Childhood Services
- Establishment of School Districts
- Home Education
- Petitions and Public Notices
- Private Schools
- School Councils
- School Fees
- Special School Tax Levy
- Student Records
- Student Transportation
The regulations were available for public comment—by education stakeholders, parents, educators, and the general public—between December 16, 2014 and January 31, 2015. The comment period is now closed, and we thank all participants for their feedback. All comments are now being carefully reviewed and considered in order to determine whether adjustments to the regulations are required.
Government remains committed to moving forward with the legislative processes necessary to approve the regulations and proclaim the Education Act. Government also recognizes that school authorities require time to align their policies and procedures with the Act and its regulations. Once feedback has been reviewed, the government will work to proceed through the final stages of the approval process as expeditiously as possible.
Regulatory Review: Background
In April 2013, the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee (RRC) was established to develop new regulations and ensure alignment with the new Education Act. The goal of the Act and, its accompanying regulations is to ensure Alberta’s children have the supports and environment they need to succeed.
The RRC was chaired by MLA Maureen Kubinec (Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock)—now Minister of Culture and Tourism—and the other members were: MLA Christine Cusanelli (Calgary-Curry), MLA Matt Jeneroux (Edmonton-South West), MLA Linda Johnson (Calgary-Glenmore), and public member Jim Gibbons (a former school superintendent and a former member of Alberta Education’s Inspiring Education steering committee).
Extensive public and stakeholder consultations took place between July and November 2013. The input received helped inform the creation of the proposed regulations.
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