Alberta legislature to take another run at passing Education Act in fall sitting

Premier Alison Redford’s government plans to pass 10 bills during the fall session of the legislature, including whistleblower protection and an overhaul of the school system.

EDMONTON — Premier Alison Redford’s government plans to pass 10 bills during the fall session of the legislature, including whistleblower protection and an overhaul of the school system.

The proposed new Education Act failed to pass in the spring sitting after some critics said that including human rights rules would force parents home schooling their children to teach them values contrary to their religious beliefs.

Government house leader Dave Hancock says the bill has been rewritten to remove the human rights reference but still supports the idea in spirit and in action.

Hancock says whistleblower rules will allow people to come forward with concerns about programs and spending without fear of retribution or job loss.

There is also legislation to protect Albertans buying new homes and a proposal to create a single regulator for upstream energy resource activities.

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