A Cautiously Optimistic Tale

written in March 1996 by A. Janine Taylor (1961-2000)

The Nova Scotia Education Act proclaimed in January, 1996 contains two small, but fundamentally important clauses that affect home education in the province. Nova Scotia can now claim one of the most comfortable legislative environments in the country for home educators. This was a near thing. We were competing for the last spot just a short two months ago!

The story of how Bill #39 became law is a lesson in the hazards and possibilities of working within our British Parliamentary system and the value of a free press. Home educating parents pulled together, hastily learned the lobby-game ropes and effected a dramatic turnaround in the original intentions of the legislation.

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