Driver’s Ed Classes Open for Behind-the-Wheel Students

GCS identifies funding for students who
completed the classroom course

"Greensboro, N.C. – Driver’s education students who completed the classroom portion of the course will be able to take the behind-the-wheel course based on a resolution passed by the Guilford County Board of Education Tuesday night.

Driver’s education is currently an unfunded mandate under the state’s continuing budget resolution. Funding ran out for the program on June 30, and GCS suspended classes until funding could be identified.

GCS has identified funding to allow the approximately 937 to 1,000 students who completed the classroom portion to compete behind-the-wheel courses. Those students will be required to pay $65 for the course to help cover the costs.

Courses for students who have not had any training up to this point will remain suspended until the district learns if the state will fund the course for the 2015-16 school year. State legislators are considering budgets that would fund driver’s education, but so far nothing has been approved.

Driver’s education is expected to cost the district approximately $226 per student, or just under $1.2 million to instruct the 5,300 students expected to register in the 2015-16 school year. To make up some of the difference, the board approved a plan that would start charging each student $65 to take the course, bringing GCS’ portion of the bill to approximately $850,000.

The district is working as quickly as possible to resume behind-the-wheel training, and students will be contacted by instructors to start scheduling driving lessons.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves nearly 72,200 K-12 students at 127 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at"

- A Press Release

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