Private schools making progress on gay-straight alliances: Alberta education minister
Alberta’s education minister says private schools are coming around to adopting provincial laws on gay-straight alliances (GSAs) in schools.
David Eggen says there are fewer private schools defying the rules and says those that don’t comply will have the policy imposed on them.
Eggen has given 61 private schools until early October to comply and those that continue to resist could lose their public funding before the end of the school year.
Eggen declined to say how many private schools are adopting a policy, adding that work is ongoing.
By law, all public, Catholic, fancophone, charter and private schools in Alberta must approve a student’s request to start a gay-straight alliance support group.
Schools are not to tell parents when their child joins an alliance since advocates say that decision should be left to the student.
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