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Education Act Regulatory Review

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.

You may also stay in touch in one of the following ways:

What is the Education Act Regulatory Review?

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: http://education.alberta.ca/department/policy/education-act.aspx.

Here is a summary of specific regulation-making powers.

How does Inspiring Education inform regulatory review?

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.

How have Albertans participated in the review?

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:

  • Peace River - October 3
  • Calgary - October 8
  • Lethbridge - October 9
  • Edmonton - October 16
  • Red Deer - October 17

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 this workbook. 

If you wish to contact the Regulatory Review Project Office for any reason, you can contact project staff at edc.edact-regs@gov.ab.ca. The address for regular mail is:

Regulatory Review Project Office
9th Floor Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L5

What have we heard and what happens next?

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.