03/22/2012 07:15 EDT | Updated 05/22/2012 05:12 EDT

School bill remains held up, may die if Alberta election called Monday

EDMONTON - It appears Alberta's controversial bill to overhaul the Education Act may die on the Order paper in the legislature.

Politicians failed to pass the bill Thursday, and Premier Alison Redford is expected to dissolve the house on Monday to call a general election.

The bill came under fire from home-schoolers who feared they could be hauled before human rights panels for teaching their values to their children.

Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk (loo-KAH'-zuhk) has said that wouldn't happen.

But with over a thousand home-schoolers protesting at the legislature this week, the government did not appear keen to pass the bill.

The Tories passed up a chance to limit debate, talked out the clock, and then cancelled the evening sitting.