In British Columbia, we have an education system that generally welcoming of independent Christian schooling. Most Christian schools (Group 1 independent schools) receive 50% public funding, are accredited to award high school diplomas, and still retain a fair degree of independence. If Christian educators and parents prefer, they have almost unlimited independence (though no public funding and no accreditation to award a high school diploma) by registering as a Group 3 independent school or as a home school family.
Yet, this strong education structure is being eroded. Independent distributed learning schools have seen their funding reduced and their accreditation under threat. Most Christian schools are being required to comply with more and more state regulations to retain their funding and accreditation.
We need to go back to the basics. We need to proactively defend the independence, accreditation, and funding of Christian education.
We can help shore up the foundations of Christian education in two ways.
First, contact your MLA to thank them for the system of education that we have.
Secondly, go back to the basics with your MLA, explaining why independent Christian education should be supported and recognized by the civil government.
More details to come…