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“Alberta is recognized for providing one of the best education systems in the world. Our system is built on a range of educational choices, including public, separate, charter, Francophone and private schools. Our students consistently perform among the best in Canada and around the world. The availability of choice strengthens our education system and supports the right of students and parents to have options that meet the objectives of the School Act. This range of choices continues to bring new ideas and innovative approaches to learning that ultimately benefit all our students.” Education Minister Dave Hancock, in a letter to Janet Wees, Dec. 23, 2010.
The Alberta Association of Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) is an association comprised of Alberta Education approved charter schools that choose to be members and support TAAPCS objectives. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors.
•To promote and facilitate public charter school education in Alberta
•To speak with one voice on behalf of public charter schools in Alberta
•To promote a forum for public charter schools to meet in support of common goals
•To advocate for continued innovation and choice within public education
Provincial Budget 2013
On March 7 the provincial budget was released. As promised, it
is a difficult one and will have an impact upon the province's education
system. Highlights include no Basic Instructional grant rate
increases for the next three years and a 2% increase for Inclusive
Education and Small Class Size Initiative over the next three years.
Charter schools are particularly impacted by the announcement that we
will not receive consideration for correcting the difficulties involving the
original Inclusive Education funding formula. As such, the
majority of our 13 schools will need to continue to draw upon other
resources to fund the provision of inclusive education services.
As well, the discontinuance of AISI funding will be a challenge for all
schools in Alberta as we strive to transform education by putting the
ideals of research and innovation into practice.
Plans are proceeding for Conference 2013 to be held at the Calgary
Girls' School on October 24/25. The conference theme is "Charter
Schools: Living the challenge of transforming education". It
is anticipated that 400-500 people will be in attendace. Initial
plans are to feature a keynote speaker to begin the conference and then
to utilize the expertise of charter school teachers/administrators as
well as those from other organizations to lead a series of "break out"
sessions. The sessions will focus on what charter schools are
doing to support the development of "educated Albertans" - engaged
thinkers, ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.
In addition to the offerings for teachers/administrators/support staff
there will be sessions of interest to Secretary-Treasurers and
For more information, please contact the Executive Director, TAAPCS.
Sessions 1, 2 & 3 of this leadership development
initiative are now outlined in "Important Documents".