A Cold Lake private school has bought itself some time, as it fights back against a government shutdown.
Last week, Education Minister David Eggen pulled the accreditation and funding for Trinity Christian School over alleged financial mismanagement. But today, a judge in Grande Prairie granted them an interim injunction until January.
The school and its home education arm, Wisdom, can keep operating until then. But they won’t get any government funding. In a statement, Eggen emphasized that this is only an interim injunction.
“It is important to note that today’s ruling was not a final determination on the merits of the case. We stand behind the actions that we have taken to date based on the evidence made public in the audit,” Eggen said. “Our priority, as always, is our students and ensuring that every public dollar is spent to ensure they are getting a high-quality education. We will continue to work with all home education providers in the province to support students and parental choice in education.”
Wisdom is responsible for 3,500 home school students across Alberta. Court heard today that 160 students have registered elsewhere since the school was shut down. (bd)