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9/23/2005 4:47:35 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Calfornia--Legislative Newsflash from FPM

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Calfornia--Legislative Newsflash from FPM

AB 846 - (Assembly Member Carol Liu) Signed by Governor - a Tremendous

HSLDA is passing on this e-mail Newsflash from Roy Hanson and Jim
Davis of Family Protection Ministries (FPM).

Homeschoolers have just added another stone to the wall protecting
private homeschooling from government regulation! We are very
grateful to God to report that FPM and allies were successful at
getting AB 846 passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor on
September 22, 2005. Beginning January 1, 2006, private secondary
schools in California will no longer be required to teach a course in
Driver Education!

Why is this so important? Public officials, in their concern about
automobile driving safety, continue to push for increased control over
driver education courses and instructors. Driver Education is on the
list of required courses for private schools to teach in high school.
FPM, with the exceptional work of Mary Schofield, has been the leader
working with CHEA, HSLDA, and other private school and homeschool
organizations over the last ten years to stop legislation that would
require teacher certification and curricula control for courses in
Driver Education.

Increased regulation of Driver Education would set a dangerous
precedent of government control over private K-12 education in
California. AB 846 will keep any control of driver education courses
from being the first breach in the wall of separation between public
and private education by changing Driver Education from a mandatory
course to an optional one.

This latest victory was achieved after long hard hours over many
months of challenging behind-the-scenes work, and with careful
coordination among key individuals, organizations, and government

AB 846 states, "...a private school is not required to offer courses
in driver education or driver training." Therefore, if private
homeschoolers want to completely opt out of Driver Education, they may
now do so without violating the law. Private schools may also teach
Driver Education courses that are not geared toward getting a
learner's permit if they want, and they are free in this instance to
teach whatever they want.

Even though private secondary schools in California will no longer be
required to teach a course in Driver Education, they will still be
able to teach this course if they choose to. However, if the private
school wants the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue certificate of
satisfactory completion forms (required for minors to obtain
instruction permits to learn to drive) to students who have taken the
private school's driver education class, then the private school will
have to comply with any legal requirements governing the teaching of
driver education in private schools. Private school students can also
continue to go to professional driving schools to get their learner's
permits, or they may also enroll in online programs.

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your friends, church, school, and group.

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