one province, one public school system
Challenging Alberta's Religious Privilege
No more, faith schools in Alberta.
No More Faith Schools is a provincial campaign dedicated to bringing about an end to provincial funded faith schools.
It's time for a single, secular school system in Alberta.
A unifying, secular school system will bring our province together, reduce wasteful duplication of services and put education tax dollars in classrooms where it matters for students.
And now with the economic challenges facing our province, there’s no better time to unite in a single, secular school system.
Why we have government funded Catholic Schools
Diversity is our strength.
One school system will bring our province together in a spirit of fairness that respects the rights of all students.
The current model is not working.
Operating both the separate and public school system requires twice as much administration. Too much money is spent paying for administrators at the top instead of supporting students in the classroom.
It's time for a change.
A lot has changed since 1867 when section 93 of the Constitution Act set out denominational school rights. We don’t have one room schools anymore, and students arrive by bus, not horse and buggy. This is the 21st century, and our laws need to reflect today’s challenges and opportunities. It's time to end millions if not billions of dollars wasted on duplication of services and legal battles to prop up this unsustainable system. It's time to put money in the classroom, not the courtroom.
Religious freedom is important.
Families have a right to raise their children according to their religious and cultural beliefs, but there are many ways to teach and practice religion, both inside and outside of schools. A single, secular system would open the door for all children to learn about a diversity of beliefs and world religions, including (but not limited to) the Catholic faith.
The solution is simple.
Making the legal change to one school system is relatively simple. The provincial government can amend the legal requirement for a separate school system at any time, much like Newfoundland and Quebec did in the 1990s. In fact, Alberta is just one of three provinces that hasn't already made this change.