The department, on occasion, may publish various reports and other documents regarding specific school authorities. These documents may be of interest to the public, including parents of students enrolled with these school authorities.

Big Plans for Little Kids Ltd.

As a result of findings from a third-party audit, Alberta Education will not allow Big Plans for Little Kids Ltd. to operate in the 2019/20 school year. All private Early Childhood Services (ECS) operators must comply with the financial requirements set forth by the Government of Alberta, and the audit found that this provider was in violation of those requirements.

Information has been provided directly to parents, who were given a list of alternative ECS providers (PDF, 58 KB).

Minister LaGrange has directed Alberta Education staff to work with parents of every child affected to ensure a smooth transition to other ECS operators. Alberta Education funding will continue to follow each child to their new ECS operator. More information is available in the July 11, 2019 news release.

If you have any questions regarding a new early childhood services program for your child, please call 780-427-7235 (Toll free by first dialing 310-0000).


Calgary Board of Education

On June 9, 2017, the Minister of Education ordered a financial review of the Board System and Administration and Transportation areas of the Calgary Board of Education.

The review was the result of a significant budgeted shortfall and concerns from Calgary parents regarding school transportation. An initial report was released on September 14, 2017. The final report was released in April 2018.


Edmonton Catholic School District

Alberta Education expects the elected members of all school boards across Alberta to act in the best interests of students. After governance issues arose within the board of Edmonton Catholic School District, the minister appointed an observer to work with the board.

The observer concluded his work on June 30, 2016, and provided a report of his findings and recommendations. Among the recommendations is for the board to regularly report to the ministry to demonstrate the steps they are taking to improve their practices.

Alberta Education will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the board is putting the best interests of students first.


Northland School Division

Government remains committed to taking action to help ensure a positive future for the students of Northland School Division.

Steering committee

A cross-ministry steering committee made up of representatives from Education, Advanced Education, Children's Services, Health and Indigenous Relations has been created. The steering committee's mandate is to provide ongoing oversight and strategic guidance to the division in support of its efforts to improve its educational outcomes. Government believes there has to be a fresh approach with Northland, because what has been done in the past has met with limited success.

Community engagement

Reports from both the Northland Inquiry Team and the Community Engagement Team continue to inform government policy and decision-making.

A series of community engagements occurred throughout 2015 to 2017 with community stakeholders in Northland to discuss governance and potential amendments to the Northland School Division Act.

As part of the Government of Alberta's commitment to reinstate an elected board of trustees for Northland School Division this fall, Alberta Education is seeking community input on possible ward structures for the division.