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Driver’s ed returns to school sans classroom PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:18

Port High to offer first online program of its kind to teens throughout state

    Years after many schools stopped teaching teenagers how to drive, Port Washington High School will once again offer the classroom component of driver’s education — only without the classroom.

    The Port Washington-Saukville School Board on Monday approved what will likely be the first online high school driver’s education course in Wisconsin, not just for Port High students but for teenagers throughout the state.

    The course will replace the portion of driver’s education traditionally taught by an instructor in a classroom, but not behind-the-wheel instruction, which will continue to be available through private companies.

    The program is expected to begin with the start of classes in September.

    Driver’s education had been part of the school curriculum until nearly 10 years ago, when the Department of Public Instruction stopped reimbursing districts for the cost of the program. That prompted many school systems, including the Port-Saukville District, which was faced with a $700,000 deficit at the time, to drop the program.

    “Now it’s coming back in a form that is far more convenient for students and parents and that will probably generate revenue for the district,” Supt. Michael Weber said. “And what I really appreciate about the program is its rigor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:20
 
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