With Trinity Christian School being shut down by the province, the home schooling society they’re accused of funneling money to is firing back.
In a statement to parents, WISDOM Home School Society is calling Alberta Education’s allegations “partial truths” and slanderous.
In the statement, WISDOM said there have been transparent financial audits of their organization every year, saying “every income and expense is meticulously recorded and accounted for.” They also stated they are Trinity’s home education administration, and defend the use of public funding meant for Trinity for their home education programming. They said the province has arbitrarily determined Trinity and WISDOM are two separate entities.
The province has told parents with Trinity and WISDOM to give notification to another school for this year. WISDOM is encouraging their parents to not do anything.
Issues with Trinity Christian School first came to light under the PC government in 2013.
A home-schooling father by the name of Gino Rodrigues says he thinks Education Minister David Eggen should have given everyone involved more warning, along with more time to react.
“He wouldn’t just go and cancel a school . . . and go to St. Joes and say all you students have to leave; all the teachers — you are now out of a job — and shut down the school. But yet he did that to me and my kids and my family. He just gave us a robocall, told us that our kids no longer have a school to go to, and that we have two weeks to find an alternative school.”
Rodrigues says he’s not believing either side at this point, and is waiting for the police investigation to sort things out, adding the province should have done the same thing. (Global News/scb/td)