Charter schools are particularly well-equipped and effective at serving the needs of students of disadvantaged populations.
Alberta remains the only province that permits the establishment and operation of charter schools in Canada.
Currently, Alberta is the only Canadian jurisdiction to permit charter schools.
Expectations are growing in many circles that the new NDP government in Alberta will be transformative.
It will be much tougher for Alberta parents to ensure their kids are getting a good education if the Alberta government moves ahead with plans to junk the province-wide elementary school achievement tests.
During the Progressive Conservative leadership campaign, candidate Alison Redford apparently promised the teachers' union that, upon becoming premier, she would end the tests or PATs as they are known that have been written each year for decades by virtually all of the province's Grade 3 and Grade 6 students.