A court challenge over the shutdown of an Alberta home school group will be heard in Grande Prairie on Friday. Last week, Education Minister David Eggen cancelled the registration and accreditation of Trinity Christian School Association out of Cold Lake. He said auditors had found public funding was inappropriately being directed to a third party.
In the injunction, Trinity calls the decision “unreasonable” and says it is “contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.” It adds that it didn’t hear about its closure until after the media release was issued. Instead, officials say government representatives showed up at the school and handed envelopes with information to students.
Prior to its closure, the association had 13 in-school students, and was responsible for 3,500 home schooled children across the province. That’s about a third of all home-school students in Alberta.