Originally Sent: 7/11/2013
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Revolutionary Improvement II: Driver’s Education Blossoms
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Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:
It might be described as the final frontier in homeschooling: sure you can teach your kids to read, but can you teach them to drive!? Virginia, Colorado, Texas and other states have permitted parents to provide driver education for years. Now it’s Iowa’s turn!
One of the many conditions for a person under age 18 to obtain an intermediate or full driver’s license is completing a driver education program. Section 100 of House File (HF) 215 for the first time ever in Iowa allows a parent to provide the driver education. Here is an outline of what HF 215 requires.
Parents and students must jump through many hoops on the road to a driver’s license. But HF 215 finally puts parents in the driver’s seat on the important component of teaching driver education.
And to round out driver education options, section 99 of HF 215 requires public schools to make their own driver education courses available to CPI and IPI students. Gone are the days when some parents had no meaningful choice but to hire a private driving instructor to teach driver education!
Parent-taught driver education saves lives. Read more about it in this article.
It’s also an awesome chance for you to have some one-on-one bonding time with your teen right before they enter the new phase of independence that a driver’s license will bring. While the door is now open for you to allow the public school to arrange for your child’s driver education, I urge you to seriously consider following the parent-taught option once the department approves courses.
My wife taught my daughters to read; but under Virginia law I had the privilege of teaching them to drive and helping them earn their licenses!
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