Squawkcast: Ep. 45 (again) – Budget info and mis-info

Join your hosts Jill Mann and Diana Stinn for a cup of Bird turd organic coffee and a lively discussion of Alberta Education Budget, AHEA’s points, various news article and some advice!

Ep. 45 – Budge Info and Mis-info

Date: April 15, 2015
Time: 36:15


Show Notes:

1. Introductions – Picture of Jill (Ode to Spring)

Springy Jill
2. Wing Feathers – Bruce Jackson, Renfrew Educational Services, John Mann, Barry Davidson and Bill Mart.

3. Nest News – (1) Enrollment numbers 9/25 ECS, 45/70 HE, 115/155 School-directed (2) Get your registration in soon to avoid disappointment. (3) Irish Feast on April 17 (4) Phoenix closed April 20-26 for Spring break. (5) April 15 – Whine and Cheese for Private School Operators only.

4. Glance Back thru Tail Feathers – (1) Ab Ed Meeting (2) Mom’s Night Out – Thank you, Judy Arnall for organizing!

5. Flown the Coup – Goodbye to Ms. Shelley Dainard – you will be missed!

6. Beak Off – Documents:

• Funding Manual: https://education.alberta.ca/admin/funding/manual.aspx

• Guide to Education: http://education.alberta.ca/admin/resources/guidetoed/

• Articles:
(1) http://www.aheaonline.com/index.php/political-updates/497-provincial-budget-interpretations-affect-home-educators

(2) http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/1339166/calgary-classrooms-will-be-dirtier-more-crammed-and-feature-crummier-technology-cbe/

(3) http://lethbridgeherald.com/alberta-election/stories-features/2015/04/13/ata-calls-for-parties-to-respond-to-issues-identified-in-new-study/

Remember to check out the info for yourself and have a fact-filled week everyone!

Jill Mann and Diana Stinn



With regards to ECS funding – Private Operators and Schools are not entitled to ECS class Size grant – this is a large part of the difference in ECS funding rates between the private operators and public jurisdictions. Please see page 13 of the funding manual.


  1. Thanks for the feedback! We try to be inclusive, light-hearted and still provide real information. Hope you will consider signing up to the website to receive new posts.

  2. Thank you for your comments! We love podcasting and have quite a bit of fun with it! (As evidenced by the many bouts of maniacal laughter!) We try our best but we always encourage others to check. Thanks so much for listening!

  3. Thank you ladies!! Found your podcast on AHEA’s FB page- shared by a member- and I’m very thankful! You explained all the points very carefully and backed up by Facts- not Fiction and speculation! Sharing with homeschool friends!

  4. Wow sure sounds like the Education system is trying to get the kids back into the public system to keep the money!!! From Trisjh

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