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State and Legal Concerns
Volume 94, Program 28
1/13/2010
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Please note: This week’s program is a rerun that originally aired June 18, 2008.

Teaching your teenager to drive might sound easy enough, but have you heard about the state and legal issues involved? We’ll learn more on today’s Home School Heartbeat with Mike Smith.

Mike Smith:
With me today is Wayne Tully. Wayne is the founder and chief executive officer for the National Driver Training Institute, and author and publisher of two driver’s education programs. Glad to have you, Wayne.

Wayne Tully:
Mike, thanks for having me.

Mike:
Wayne, I know that you’re working to create legislation that will mandate parents’ involvement in driver education programs. What kind of state and legal issues do parents face when considering a parent-taught program?

Wayne:
Well, Mike, I’m not sure that I would use the word mandate. I like to think of it more as “the right to be involved.”

And as far as major issues we parents face, there are two. The first one: we want to remember that the department of education, department of motor vehicles, who generally oversees these matters, must count on standards for the education and training process. These standards are built by teaching modules, which are developed from years of trial and error-teaching modules that can be administered by most parents who will take the time to understand the purpose of the training module for the level of the training that the teens are in, also to understand what’s the objective and the desired skill achievement that the teenager must perform before being allowed to graduate to the next level, which is a more advanced challenge.

Mike:
Well, thank you, Wayne. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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