Mar 28, 2014
HSLDA Intervenes for Loyola at SCC Short Update
We know that you have been anxiously waiting for an update on the case that the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) heard last Monday, March 24. HSLDA intervened for Loyola at the SCC. Our lawyers Jean-Yves Côté and Paul D. Faris were in Ottawa at the SCC on Monday and Paul has sent this short update.
Mar 20, 2014
HSLDA Intervenes for Loyola at the Supreme Court of Canada
Pray for the Supreme Court on Monday. On Monday, March 24th, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the Loyola case. This case involves Loyola High School, a private, Jesuit Catholic school in Montreal, Quebec. Loyola is being forced to teach an ethics and religion course (ERC) from a secular perspective. “Loyola tried to get permission to teach an equivalent course from its Catholic perspective and was denied,” says HSLDA lawyer, Lisa McManus. “Loyola started a court case to protect its freedom of religion. They won at the trial but lost at the Court of Appeal. Now the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case on March 24, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.”
Mar 20, 2014
Homeschool Preschool: So Much of Homeschooling is Actually Parenting
I have mixed feelings about this next homeschool interview. This is the last homeschool story with our staff, and that makes me sad. But I am very excited to share with you the homeschool story of Suzanne Faris, wife of the President of HSLDA, Paul Faris. Paul and Suzanne have 3 beautiful little girls and are homeschooling them. Because not as many of you have met Suzanne at conferences and events or spoken to her over the phone as you have done with Paul, I am going to ask Suzanne to introduce herself.
Mar 13, 2014
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Pressure for Standardized Testing in Alberta
It has come to our attention that a policy issued by Alberta Education is encouraging local school boards in Alberta to pressure homeschoolers into taking the Provincial Achievement Tests (PATs). The PATs are NOT mandatory for homeschooled children. If parents want their child to write the PAT, school boards are obligated by the Home Education Regulation to accommodate such requests. Since the Home Education Regulation is clear on this matter, any policy that contradicts it is unenforceable. In other words, if a policy conflicts with a regulation, the regulation wins.