The Government of Alberta and Trinity Christian School have reached an agreement that will see Wisdom Homeschooling taken out of the picture, but allow Trinity to continue operations.
The agreement, filed in a Grande Prairie court brings the legal proceedings to a close. As part of the deal, Wisdom Homeschooling will be removed from “governance or financial involvement in the education of students.” The province will also be allowed to appoint a financial administrator to assist Trinity’s Board of Directors in developing more sound financial practices. The administrator will have oversight of all of Trinity’s public funding.
“Our priority has been ensuring that the funding we provide for education is being used to support students. We believe that today’s agreement achieves this goal. It also ensures stability for more than 3,500 Alberta students. I stand behind the actions we have taken in this matter and officials will now move to assisting Trinity with developing governance and accounting practices that are at the standard expected by Alberta taxpayers,” said Education Minister David Eggen in a a statement.
90% of Trinity Christian’s public funds ended up being used by Wisdom Homeschooling during the 2014-15 school year. The Alberta government suddenly revoked their accreditation on October 26th, saying taxpayer dollars were being spent on alcohol, parties and funeral expenses among other improper uses. The school was awarded an injunction to continue operations without provincial funding until today’s decision.