September 18, the NC General Assembly Finally Approves $21.73 Billion Budget
School Administrators and many home educators are breathing a sigh of relief that the 2015-2017 state budget includes funding for Driver Education!
The budget includes $24.1 million in non-recurring funds to support driver training programs at the local level.
State support for local Drivers’ Education programs will now be funded by a newly established motor vehicle registration late fee. This will provide a dedicated revenue source.
The new budget maintains the cap of $65.00 which is what our local schools may charge a student participating in driver education. Local school districts are also directed to provide a process for reduction or waiver of that fee when students have financial hardships.
We should soon see local schools scheduling driver’s education classes again. Counties who depend on the state’s funding to provide driving programs and pay teachers, had their programs on hold while waiting for the budget resolution.
Driver’s Education is available through the public school districts for home educated students who are 14 1/2. Contact your local high school for details about how to schedule your student for classes and behind the wheel driving time.