An Alberta home school group wants the courts to stop the the province from shutting it down.
Trinity Christian School Association in Cold Lake has filed for an injunction, calling Education Minister David Eggen’s decision “unreasonable.” Last week, Eggen pulled accreditation and funding for Trinity and its home school arm, Wisdom, over alleged financial mismanagement. But Trinity claims its financial systems were in place since 1997, without objection from Alberta Education.
Trinity also says the province never gave them a chance to respond before going public. It claims its students “felt bullied” by the “offensive, aggressive” representatives who broke the news by thrusting envelopes at them after school.
The province says parents can register their children with other schools. The Alberta Home Education Association says fewer than 60 of Wisdom’s 3,500 students have done so. Trinity claims some parents have been turned away from other home school providers.
The claims have not been proven in court.
Minister Eggen’s chief of staff Jeremy Nolais declined comment because the matter is before the courts, adding their “first priority continues to be assisting with families and students to make their transition to a new school authority as smooth as possible.”(bd)