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Welcome to the Education Act Regulatory Review. My name is
Maureen Kubinec, MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock. The
Honourable Jeff Johnson, Minister of Education, appointed me as
Chair of the Education Act Regulatory Review Committee to lead
discussions on regulations that will support the Education Act once
it is proclaimed. My colleagues on the committee include Christine
Cusanelli, MLA for Calgary-Currie; Matt Jeneroux, MLA for
Edmonton-South West; Linda Johnson, MLA for Calgary-Glenmore; and
Jim Gibbons, public member. Our
biographies can be found here.
I encourage you to look around and learn more about the
Education Act. The Committee has been working since April
2013 to gather perspectives and information from Albertans on this
very important discussion and we have appreciated the participation
of a large number of people in the consultation process, both
online and in person.
While the public consultation phase of our work has come to a
close, we encourage you to bookmark this page and to check back
from time to time for updated information.
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We are reviewing all of the regulation-making powers in
Alberta's new Education Act. The goal is to develop a set of
regulations that will support Alberta's Kindergarten to Grade
12 education system for the foreseeable future using Inspiring
Education as a foundation for the review. The Ministry is also
looking at related policies, standards, guidelines and procedures
to ensure they, too, are aligned with the Education Act
and the values and principles of Inspiring Education.
For more information on the review, including the Education Act
Regulatory Review Committee, please click here:
Here is a summary of specific
The Inspiring Education initiative included extensive
public engagement that took place in 2009 and involved
thousands of Albertans. It resulted in the publication of a report
that described a vision for the future of education in
Alberta. The report also articulated six foundational values,
principles, policy and governance shifts key to transforming the
education system. Released in 2010, the report now provides
the underpinnings for implementing major changes that have already
begun. A summary of the key elements of the report as well as the
preamble to the Education Act is provided here for ease of
reference. A description of Inspiring Education and a copy of the
complete report are also available on the ministry website.
Public and stakeholder consultations on the Education Act
regulatory review began on July 30 with a comprehensive online
survey, which closed at the end of November. Almost 4,000 people
responded to the survey.
Face-to-face consultation meetings were held across Alberta
during the first three weeks of October:
These meetings provided opportunities for several hundred
public and education stakeholders to contribute to discussions
on a number of regulation topics of general interest, including
school fees, student transportation, school closures as well as
many other important aspects of the education system.
The participant workbook used at these meetings is
posted online. While the consultation phase is now over, you may
wish to review the questions that were discussed at the meetings in
If you wish to contact the Regulatory Review Project Office for
any reason, you can contact project staff at email@example.com.
The address for regular mail is:
Regulatory Review Project Office
9th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L5
Between July 30 and the end of November, 2013, we heard from
thousands of Albertans expressing a desire to have regulations that
align with and support the implementation of the Inspiring
Education vision for our education system. This vision
centres on meeting the needs of each student in our system.
People who have participated in the consultation have urged us to
continue to focus on the student. They also expressed broad support
for the wide variety of publicly-funded choices that are available
in Alberta: public, separate, Francophone, charter, private
and home education.
The results of our consultations are being compiled into a
report that will be posted here on completion. We will be
considering the extensive input received from education
stakeholders and Albertans before any recommendations are
made. Regulations will be drafted and submitted for
government approval in 2014. Once the regulations are
approved, school boards will have a year to adjust their policies
and procedures to align with the regulations in time for the start
of the 2015-16 school year.