Despite criminal charges laid against the religious leader of the Bountiful commune and three others its independent school still recieve BC Government funding.
Education minister Peter Fassbender says despite the concerning, but unproven, criminal charges the rules around funding the Mormon Hills Elementary-Secondary School is “..clear. We support choice in the province. We support independent schools. We fund them by the forumla that exists for independent schools. Our criteria is very clear they have to meet all of the educational requirements.”
As for what criteria it must meet Fassbender says “They have to have BC certified teachers. They have to teach the curriculum. We do inspect them on a regular basis. If they do teach any religious courses it has to be within the context of the Independent School Act.”
Fassbender says it is the most inspected private school in the province with 17 inspections since 2003.
Fassbender says the safety of children in Mormon Hills Elementary-Secondary School is paramount.
“Absolutely. If we ever recieve any concern for any reason the inspector of Independent School is on that right away.”
Mormon Hills Elementary-Secondary School as a category one independent school recieves about 50-percent of the per student funding a public school would recieve.
Polygamy charges have been laid against commune leader Winston Blackmore, while three others are charged with illegally removing a child from Canada.