In order to ensure that the Education Act will meet the needs of Alberta’s students, the government is currently assessing the policy shifts and potential future commitments under this legislation. In addition, this assessment will ensure the Education Act aligns with the government’s principles and priorities.
This additional review, which will take place during Fall 2015, will include targeted, focused engagement with stakeholders on three specific topics—age of access, student residency and school fees.
The government recognizes that significant time and resources by many stakeholders have been dedicated to the Education Act and its regulations. This work has been very valuable, and will continue to be utilized throughout the review process.
Until such time as new legislation is proclaimed, the School Act, will continue to govern kindergarten to Grade 12 education in Alberta.
EDUCATION ACT AND REGULATORY REVIEW: BACKGROUND
The Education Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. Since this time, extensive public and stakeholder consultations occurred to help inform the creation of 16 proposed regulations.
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 feedback provided during this process will continue to be utilized during the additional review taking place this fall.
The 16 proposed regulations noted above are as follows:
- 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
NOTE: These regulations are not final, and do not incorporate feedback received during the comment period in December 2014 and January 2015.
Relevant updates regarding the Education Act and its regulations will be posted here, as well as communicated directly to education stakeholders.