State lawmakers are trying to get to the bottom of what some high schools are calling a big expense. It seems a lot of high schools in Illinois are asking to drop driver’s education classes in favor of students going to private driving instruction schools. That has State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-Lake Forest) concerned.
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"According to the public schools their expenses have dramatically increased and many just say that they can’t afford to offer drivers ed courses any longer," Garrett said. Part of the problem, she says, is that the actual cost of drivers ed isn’t known. She says a lack of creating and keeping track of certain expenses and criteria is to blame. Her suggestion to the Illinois Board of Education is to start evaluating specific costs at district levels now. Garrett also wants uniform requirements for drivers ed curriculum. Garrett recently held a Senate Education Committee Hearing on the matter.