Alberta rejects new charter schools

Despite evidence of their widespread benefits

Alberta rejects new charter schoolsBy Deani Van Pelt and Lynn Bosetti The Fraser Institute Alberta Education Minister David Eggen recently rejected two applications for new charter schools – a school for special needs students and a Spanish-language school with an emphasis on science. That is unfortunate. There is room and demand for more charter schools in Alberta, the only…

Time for a national conversation on parental choice

Time for a national conversation on parental choiceParents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, an initiative spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada's provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice.…

Parents should have greater school choice in Ontario

There is nothing inherently threatening to the goals of public education in offering more school choice to parents

Parents should have greater school choice in OntarioBy Derek J. Allison and Deani Van Pelt The Fraser Institute With teacher contracts ratified in Ontario, attention can be turned from what teachers want to what parents want. And it’s increasingly clear that parents want choice. When parents choose anything other than their neighbourhood public school they are engaging in school choice. Catholic, Francophone,…

Home-schooling on the rise in Canada

Home-schooling grew by 29% while government school enrollment fell by 2.5%

Home-schooling on the rise in CanadaAs students across Canada wrap up another school year, we know that some of them won’t be back in the fall. They may be barred from schools because of striking teachers. Or they may be home – in school. With an average growth rate of more than 5 per cent per year, home-schooling in Canada…
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