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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.


TAAPCS Objectives:

•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


Halvar Jonson Award Recipient 2014

We are pleased to announce that this year’s recipient of the Halvar Jonson Award is Dr. Garry McKinnon.  This award is made annually to an individual who has shown the qualities of a “champion of charter schools”.  Dr. McKinnon is a very worthy recipient.  For more than 45 years, Garry served as an educator in a variety of positions at both the school and jurisdictional levels.  He was successful at whatever assignment he undertook.  Until his retirement in June 30, 2014 he was the Superintendent for Connect Charter Schools and in that capacity was a strong and vocal supporter of charter schools.  The Board and administrative team at Connect Charter School nominated Garry for this award and the selection committee unanimously endorsed their submission.  A full account of Dr. McKinnon’s nomination is included in “Featured Events”.  Congratulations are extended to Garry McKinnon for being recognized as a champion of charter schools.



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Response to the “Task Force for Teaching Excellence” June 2014

           (Task Force for Teaching Excellence)

Capital Region Cacus Meeting

          (Capital Region Cacus Meeting)

Charter School Research Initiatives

          (Charter School Research Initiatives)

Charter Schools Enrolement & Wiat List Numbers

          (Charter Schools Enrolement & Wiat List Numbers)

CRC Presentation June 25, 2014

          (CRC Presentation June 25, 2014)

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