ICYMI: News From Progress Alberta

Provincial street check reform must stop the unconstitutional and unnecessary practice of carding

Progress Alberta is urging the government of Alberta to carefully consider the recently released Edmonton Police Commission report on street checks as it conducts its own consultation on street check policies across the province.


Publicly funded Christian private schools using discredited teaching method

Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal saviour? Will you choose friends who will help you follow God’s Word? Do you agree to keep yourself pure by not entertaining yourself with music, TV or movies that are morally improper or present behaviour that violates God’s Word?

Such questions might not be the first thing you’d expect on an application for a tiny K-12 private school. But they’re only a small selection from the bizarre 11-page application for Calgary’s Eastside Christian Academy.


Private school advocates claim the private system saves money. It doesn't


One of the most popular arguments made by private school proponents in response to campaigns like ours is that private schools are actually “
saving the government money.”

Here’s the supposed logic: private schools receive 70 per cent of the per-student funding the public, separate and Francophone schools do. The remaining 30 per cent—and any extras—come directly from the parents. And private schools don’t receive funding for capital projects.

But there’s one part they never tell you.



Poll: 75% of Albertans want to defund elite private schools

A new poll from Environics on the issue of publicly funding private schools shows widespread support and positive momentum for defunding elite private schools and shifting funding to the public education system. 


The Sweet Seventeen (Part 2)

There are 182 private schools in Alberta. But only 17 of those are what we describe as “elite” private schools — charging over $10,000 per year in annual tuition. There’s broad public support for defunding private schools in general -- but it’s the “Sweet Seventeen” elites that we should start with.


Clear Water Academy going private saves Albertans roughly $1 million dollars

Finally, some good news.

Last year we brought your attention to Clear Water Academy, the public school that looked and felt like a private school. It charged $12,000 a year in fees and it charged a $10,000 family bond but somehow it was fully funded by Albertans. We now know what this arrangement is coming to an end.


Everything you need to know about Alberta’s byzantine K-12 education system

There are many reasons that privatizing education is harmful for society — it deepens inequality, segregates students based on class, religion and other factors, siphons money and resources  away from the public system, and doesn’t even result in improved learning.

But it also just makes the education system really complicated to parents to understand - especially for parents who are not university educated, work two or more jobs or who don’t have English as a first language.


The Sweet Seventeen (Part 1)

There are 182 private schools in Alberta. But only 17 of those are what we describe as “elite” private schools — charging over $10,000 per year in annual tuition. There’s broad public support for defunding private schools in general -- but  it’s the “Sweet Seventeen” elites that we should start with.


What school has $42 million in the bank but still gets $5 million a year in public subsidies? Webber Academy


Private schools in Alberta have a deeply conservative history. Few exemplify that as much as Calgary’s Webber Academy, which charges $18,000 per year for tuition as well as a $6,000 enrolment deposit — and received over $5 million in public funding in 2016-17.