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Funding in Alberta's diverse school systems

Social Science




Is there a true divide between public (secular) and private (religious) schools and should that supposed divide translate into different levels of funding for schools?

Hiemstra's research explores the diversity in Alberta’s school systems and the allocation of funding for private versus public schools based on their designation. His article "Alberta’s Pluriform School System: Beyond the ‘public-secular’ versus ‘private-religious’ divide,” explores the widely accepted assumption that public schools are genuinely public because they are secular and claim to include all, while religious schools fails the secularity test and must then be classified as private which means they receive less or no public funding.

He argues that the divide of funding for public versus private is one that does not truly exist and that funding schools based on their designation is unjust.

John Hiemstra, “Alberta’s Pluriform School System: Beyond the ‘public-secular’ versus ‘private-religious’ divide,” International Journal of Christianity and Education, Volume 21, Issue 1, March 2017.

Dr. John Hiemstra

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  • PhD, Political Philosophy and Public Policy, University of Calgary, 1993
  • M. Phil, Political Theory, Institute for Christian Studies, 1983
  • BA, Social Sciences, Dordt College, 1978