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June 19, 2008

Driver’s License Bills Fail

The 2007-2008 session of the Alaska legislature ended without passage of two driver’s license bills which would have affected students receiving home education. House Bill 52 would have required a person under age 18 to have graduated from high school or be enrolled in school or an educational program in order to get a driver’s license. House Bill 291 would have required the completion of a state-approved driver education course before a person between the ages of 16 and 18 could obtain a provisional driver’s license. The language of H.B. 291 was uncertain as to whether students in a home education program would have access to such a course.

Home School Legal Defense Association supports the concept of driver education for all students, but many times such legislation is proposed for the primary purpose of requiring children to remain subject to the compulsory school attendance law for a longer period of time. HSLDA opposes any such expansion of state control over education.