Disgruntled parents directed to take complaint to school board
Donna Hunter, a former Morinville resident who is campaigning for secular education in the town, is disappointed that the Alberta Human Rights Commission has rejected a complaint she filed in December. Hunter and fellow parent Marjorie Kirsop filed complaints under Section 11.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act because Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools wouldnï¿½â‚¬â„¢t exempt their children from religious education in Morinville.
Former and current Morinville residents Donna Hunter and Marjorie Kirsop learned last week that the Alberta Human Rights Commission had refused to hear their complaints about the lack of secular schooling in Morinville.
Both filed complaints under Section 11.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act in December after Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools said it would not allow their children to be exempt from religious education at schools in Morinville.
Sec. 11.1 of the act requires teachers to give parents notice before teaching students about sexuality, sexual orientation or religion, and requires them to let students avoid those teachings upon written request.
In a letter received by both women Thursday, Audrey Dean, acting director of the commission, said that while their complaints did seem to fall under the protections of Sec. 11.1, the commission could not rule on them as there were â€œconcurrent forumsâ€ under which they could be addressed. She advised the women to take their complaints to that forum.
CHRIS COLBOURNE/St. Albert Gazette
Taken from: http://www.stalbertgazette.com/article/20120130/SAG0801/301309997/human-rights-commission-denies-morinville-school-case