Minister’s committee to guide Education Act regulatory review
Alberta’s new Education Act was passed in the Legislature and received Royal Assent on December 10, 2012. Now, a comprehensive review of the Education Act’s regulations is required before this innovative legislation can come into force.
Education Minister Jeff Johnson recently announced the Minister’s Education Act Regulatory Review Committee chaired by Maureen Kubinec, MLA for Barrhead-Morinville-Westlock and a former president of the Alberta School Boards Association.
“I am honoured to work with Albertans and members of the education community to develop new regulations to support the Education Act,” said Kubinec. “The Education Act was an important step in bringing Inspiring Education to life in our schools and the regulations are a great opportunity to take it one step further and ensure we provide clear direction to the education system and make sure we are putting students first.”
Kubinec is joined by Calgary-Currie MLA Christine Cusanelli; Edmonton-South West MLA Matt Jeneroux; Calgary-Glenmore MLA Linda Johnson; and Jim Gibbons, former head of the College of Alberta School Superintendents and a member of the Inspiring Education steering committee.
The committee will ensure the regulatory framework is consistent with Inspiring Education, during which Albertans were asked what a transformed education system would look like for a new generation of Alberta students.
The new Education Act brings to life the vision for education that thousands of Albertans like you shared with us through Inspiring Education and subsequent consultations. It will help us ensure that all Alberta children get a chance to reach their full potential and become engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.
All Alberta students deserve a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe place to learn, a place where bullying is simply not tolerated. Alberta families deserve options about what kind of educational experience is right for them and their children. The Education Act provides that and helps ensure your children have the supports and environment they need to succeed.
A regulation is legislation and has the same force and effect as an act. Regulations are the nuts and bolts of how key aspects of the legislation are translated into action. The purpose of a regulation is to set out the details of what is described more generally in an act. Regulations often deal with things such as definitions, administrative and approval processes and detailed requirements.
As we develop and revise these supporting regulations, we have received input from Albertans – in writing, online and face-to-face as appropriate. We are going to allow time for both the ministry and boards to undertake the extensive reviews necessary to align policies, procedures and practices.
Updates about the Education Act Regulatory Review will be posted on the Education website and shared directly with stakeholder groups.
We anticipate the new legislation will come into force in time for the 2015-16 school year, when new regulations and supporting ministry and board policies are in place.