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Curriculum--Drivers Education


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State Status/Date Level Summary
IDSigned into law 03/2014P-12Driver Education
H.B. 576
Requires school districts to submit driver education reports for reimbursement annually.
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2014/H0576.pdf...

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NHSigned into law 07/2013P-12Background Checks
H.B. 282
Requires criminal records checks of driver education instructors. Updates references relating to suspending or revoking a school license or driver education certificate. Authorizes background checks on candidates for employment or promotion at the department o...

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ILSigned into law 08/2012P-12Drivers Education
S.B. 3367
Amends procedures for a local board, joint agreement of districts, or regional superintendent to apply to the state board for a waiver or modification of state mandates, including for an increase in the fee charged for drivers education. Requires a public hear...

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ALSigned into law 05/2012P-12Driver Education Instructors at Private High Schools
H.B. 19
Permits a driver education instructor at a private high school who is certified, approved, and trained by the department of public safety to act as a third party testing agent for the department of public safety for students enrolled in a driver education clas...

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DESigned into law 04/2012P-12Driver Certification for Students With IEPs
H.B. 264
Allows students with individualized education plans until the age of 21 to complete their driver education certification.
http://legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146.nsf/vwLegislation/HB+264/$file/legis.html?open...

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TNSigned into law 04/2012P-12Driver's Education
S.B. 3588
Requires all driver education courses to include instruction on the dangers of texting while driving and the penalty thereof.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB3588.pdf...

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PASigned into law 04/2012P-12Driver Education Instruction
S.B. 743
In the absence of a professional educator certified to teach driver education, allows a teacher or a director to teach driver education as long as the position has been posted for an established period of time.
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Pub...

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LASigned into law 06/2011P-12Drivers's Education
H.B. 534
Relates to driver's education programs. Consolidates all driver's education programs and instruction under the Department of Public Safety and Corrections and removes the programs and instruction from the Department of Education. Requires the DPSC to establish...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011P-12Drivers Education and Background Checks
H.B. 2678
Directs the Sunset Advisory Commission to review the education agency's jurisdiction and control over driver education and driving safety schools, and to report to the legislature and governor whether another state
agency should have jurisdiction and control o...

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OR(H) CHAPTER 357, (2011 LAWS): EFFECTIVE DATE JANUARY 1, 2012. 06/2011P-12Driver Education
H.B. 2210
Relating to traffic safety education courses....

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MASigned into law 08/2010P-12Motorcycle Drivers Education
S.B. 2344
An Act relative to assuring that motorcyclists between the ages of 16 and 18 are provided with adequate education relative to the proper safety and operation of a motorcycle.
http://www.mass.gov/legis/bills/senate/186/st02pdf/st02344.pdf...

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NHSigned into law 06/2010P-12Drivers Ed School Application
S.B. 477
Authorizes the department of safety to deny a driver education school application for failing to submit fingerprints. This bill also requires applicants to notify the director of the division of motor vehicles of certain arrests and convictions.
http://www.gen...

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OHSigned into law 03/2010P-12Funds for Simulated Driving Curriculum
H.B. 27
Creates the teen driver education license plate fund in the state treasury, from applicants who obtain teen driver education license plates. Directs the department of public safety to use the money in the fund to fund the rental, lease or purchase of the simul...

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ILAdopted 11/2009P-12Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision
23 IAC 1.20, .30, .100, .240, .420, .465, .480, .510, .737
Partially from "Notice of Adopted Amendments" in Illinois Register (changes from this rulemaking but not listed below are technical in nature or echo recent changes in legislation):

Section 1.20: Revised to distinguish among the appropriate levels of sign-of...

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ILAdopted 11/2009P-12Drivers' Education
23 IAC 252.20, .30, .40
Amends rules to provide flexibility for school districts with students who require adaptive driver's education for the behind-the-wheel component of the course. Allows such districts to contract for the provision of the behind-the-wheel portion of the course f...

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ILSigned into law 08/2009P-12Safety Education and Driver Education
S.B. 1977 - Safety Education and Driver Education
Clarifies that Internet safety component must be taught at least once a school year to students in grades 3-12. Requires one class period a week in grades 1-8 to be devoted to safety education. Specifies content that must be included in driver education course...

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ILTo governor 06/2009P-12Drivers' Education
S.B. 2217
Amends the definition of an approved driver education course to include any driver education course given at an approved Department of Defense Education Activity school that is taught by an adult driver education instructor or traffic safety officer. Sets fort...

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ORSigned into law 06/2009P-12Drivers Education
H.B. 2233
Increases the insurance coverage required for an applicant or holder of a commercial driver training school certificate; eliminates the insurance coverage requirement for a commercial driver training school that provides only classroom training. Chapter 543
ht...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Distractions While Driving
S.B. 1107
Requires driver education curriculum to include information regarding distractions while driving, including the effect of using a wireless communication device while driving. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/81R/billtext/pdf/SB01107F.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Driver's Education
S.B. 1317
Bars the state from issuing a driver's license to a person under the age of 25 unless the person submits a driver education certificate that states that the person has completed and passed a state education agency-approved driver education and traffic safety c...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Driver's Education
H.B. 2730 - Sections 12.02 through -.04, 12.08, 12.13
Requires districts to consider offering a driver's education course each school year. Authorizes districts to charge fees for courses or contract with a driver education school. Establishes requirements for minimum hours of behind-the-wheel and observation ins...

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ORSigned into law 06/2009P-12Drivers Education
S.B. 125
Requires the Department of Transportation to reimburse a public school or commercial driver training school for the cost of providing a course of traffic safety education that is certified by the department; prohibits a public school or commercial driver train...

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NCSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Community Colleges May Offer Noncredit Safe Driving Courses to High School Students
H.B. 391
Authorizes community colleges to offer noncredit courses in safe driving to high school students on a self-supporting basis during the academic year or the
summer. http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2009/Bills/House/PDF/H391v5.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 05/2009P-12Alternative Driver's Education Courses
S.B. 858
Authorizes a driver education school to teach all or part of the classroom portion of an approved driver education course by an alternative method of instruction that does not require students to be present in a classroom if the commissioner of education appro...

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NHSigned into law 04/2009P-12Increaesed Requirements for Drivers Ed
H.B. 99
Increases the hours of supervised driving time required to complete driver education and adds a requirement that 10 of those hours be at night.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2009/HB0099.html...

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VASigned into law 03/2009P-12Driver Safety Course
H.B. 1782
Requires that minor applicants for a driver's license show they have successfully completed, with a parent or guardian, an in-person 90-minute or longer driver safety course prescribed by DMV; increases the learner's permit issuance fee.
http://leg1.state.va.u...

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NYSigned into law 07/2008P-12Drivers Education
S.B. 6985
Creates a temporary special advisory panel on driver education availability and curriculum enhancement to examine, assess and make recommendations to improve drivers education instruction and make such instruction more available. Directs the panel to consider,...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Distracted Driving as a Major Traffic Safety Issue
S.B. 1557
Requires a driver education course to include classroom instruction on distracted driving as a major traffic safety issue. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/SB/PDF/09500SB1557lv.pdf...

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ILSigned into law 08/2007P-12Drivers Education
S.B. 172
Eliminates provision allowing driver education courses to allow, in lieu of 5 clock hours of practice driving in a dual control car, the equivalent of practice driving in a dual control car as determined by the state board.

Eliminates provision allowing distr...

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VASigned into law 03/2007P-12Drivers Education Surcharge/Fee
H.B. 2216
Allows the state Board of Education to authorize a local school board's request to assess a surcharge for driver education programs in order to further recover program costs that exceed state funds distributed through basic aid to school divisions offering suc...

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GAAdopted 11/2006P-12Teacher Preparation and Certification
GAC 505-2-.05, .06, .25, .38, .150, .162, .163, .165, .202, .204, .205, .206; 505-3-.16, -.85
Clarifies various rules regarding certification, including certificaton for interns, non-renewable professionals, teaching endorsements, safety and driver education endorsement, school counseling, school psychology, and speech and language pathology. Establish...

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MISigned into law 09/2006P-12
Postsec.
Community College
Driver Education Provider Certification & Requirements
S.B. 1290
Provides for the certification of driver education providers; prescribes certain record-keeping and program requirements for such providers; provides for the certification of driver education instructors. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2005-2006/bille...

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WYEmergency Rule Adoption 07/2006P-12High School Driver Education Program Requirements & Approval
Chapter 39
Amends rules pertaining to high school driver education program requirements and approval. http://soswy.state.wy.us/RULES/6295.pdf...

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DESigned into law 07/2006P-12Learner's Permit Requirements
H.B. 256
Relates to a Level 1 Learner's Permit; relates to successful completion of a course in driver education in a public or private high school in the state; requires the passing of a written test and road skills; provides for payment of appropriate fees....

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MNSigned into law 05/2006P-12Drivers Ed Organ and Tissue Donation
S.B. 2646
Requires at least 30 minutes of driver education on organ and tissue donation for persons enrolled in driver education programs offered at public schools, private schools and commercial driver training schools.
http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/bin/bldbill.ph...

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CASigned into law 09/2005P-12Driver's Ed at Private High Schools
A.B. 846
Rewrites Section 51220.6 of the Education Code, relating to driver education. Specifies that a private school is not required to offer driver's education. Provides that the satisfactory completion of an Internet-based, correspondence, or other distance-learnin...

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ILSigned into law 08/2005P-12Cost of Drivers Education
S.B. 69
Adds that the total amount from driver education fees and reimbursement from the state for driver education must not exceed the total cost of the driver education program in any year and must be deposited into the school district's driver education fund as a s...

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NHSigned into law 06/2005P-12Driver education instructors
S.B. 208
Driver education instructors are not be required to be certified as secondary school teachers.

http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2005/SB0208.html...

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GASigned into law 05/2005P-12Driver's Education
S.B. 226
Creates the Georgia Driver's Education Commission. Authorizes the commission to recommend to the governor and the general assembly changes in state programs, statutes, policies, budgets and standards relating to the provision of driver education and training t...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Seized Motor Vehicles
H.B. 2828
Allows motor vehicles seized by law enforcement agencies to be donated to school districts for driver's education courses. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2005/public/hb2828.pdf...

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UTRule Adoption 12/2004P-12Driver Education Programs for State Schools
R277-746
Amends rules concerning driver education programs for state schools. Reflects revision date change made to the Driver Education for Utah High Schools Manual. UTAH REG 27423 (SN)...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Private Schools: Driver's Education Instruction
S.B. 524
Provides that the satisfactory completion of a course in automobile driver education offered by a private secondary school satisfies the instructional requirements for a provisional driver's license for persons under 18 years of age if specified conditions are...

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RIBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 07/2004P-12
Community College
Driver Education Administration
H.B. 8665
Places driver education course requirements under the Board of Governors for Higher Education instead of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. which substantially conform with the current curriculum utilized by the instructor(s) at the C...

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IAVetoed 05/2004P-12Driver Education By A Teaching Parent.
H.F. 2394
Creates new section allowing driver's education to be provided by a teaching parent. Teaching parent must provide, among other requirements, thirty hours of classroom instruction, and four hours of classroom instruction concerning substance abuse. http://cool...

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AZSigned into law 04/2004P-12Drivers Education
H.B. 2513
Allows high schools with driver education programs to educate students enrolled in the program about organ donation options. http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/46leg/2r/laws/0125.htm...

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IDSigned into law 03/2004P-12Driver Training
S.B. 1353
Amends existing law to remove language setting forth alternative requirements for driver training programs; to provide that the State Board of Education shall adopt rules to provide students with driver education opportunities while students are enrolled in co...

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IDSigned into law 03/2004P-12Driver Training
S.B. 1255
Amends existing law relating to reimbursement to public school districts for driver training courses to increase the average cost per pupil reimbursement from $110 to $125. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/S1255.html#daily...

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ILTotal veto stands 11/2003P-12Driver Education and Practice Driving
S.B. 70
Removes a provision that allows a school district to adopt a policy to permit proficiency examinations for the practice driving part of the driver education course at any time after the completion of 3 hours of practice driving under direct individual instruct...

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ILSigned into law 08/2003P-12Drivers Education
H.B. 1491
Public schools and educational facilities may not contract with an entity engaged in giving instruction in the driving of motor vehicles or in the preparation of an applicant for the Secretary of State's driver's license examination unless that entity is licen...

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RIBecame law without governor's signature 07/2003P-12
Community College
Driver Education
H.B. 5598
Transfers the administration of the driver education program from the department of elementary and secondary education to the Community College of Rhode Island. ...

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DESigned into law 04/2003P-12
Postsec.
Drivers Education Training
H.B. 25
Enables state colleges, universities, high schools and those contracted by the Department of Education to conduct driver education classes without obtaining a commercial driver training school license as long as the curriculum is approved and given by certifie...

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OHSigned into law 06/2002P-12Drivers' Education
H.B. 407
Transfers jurisdiction over high school drivers' education courses to the Department of Public Safety; requires school districts offering drivers' education to meet the standards for private entities by a certain date; requires certain driver education courses...

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RISigned into law 06/2002P-12Driver Education
S.B. 2172
Sets forth the curriculum requirements a driver education course must meet in order for the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education to determine whether or not that course is equivalent, or similar to that required in the General Laws....

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HISigned into law 05/2002P-12Drivers Education Underwriters' Fee
H.B. 1730
Increases the Drivers Education Underwriters Fee to provide an additional amount to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for the benefit of the Department of Education and an amount to the Department of Transportation to operate and administer a man...

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Topics for Driver Education
H.B. 686
Adds organ and tissue donor awareness to the topics that must be included in instruction for driver education in public school classrooms; adds the Department of Health to those entities cooperating in the development of the curriculum....

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12"Distracted" Driving
S.B. 597
Provides that the State Department of Education's standardized driver education instruction for public schools to include distracted driving....

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IASigned into law 04/2001P-12Driver education course
H.B. 353
Relates to the amount of classroom instruction offered in an approved driver education course as programmed by the Department of Education....

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CASigned into law 09/2000P-12Drivers Education Information
A.B. 2733
Requires the State Department of Education to prepare certain materials that focus on the reduction of future driving violations, with particular emphasis on aggressive driving behavior and behavior commonly known as "road rage," and to make these materials av...

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DESigned into law 06/2000P-12Drivers Education Issues
H.B. 489
Recognizes the responsibility and authority of the court appointed custodian and allows them to determine if the minor is capable of operating a motor vehicle safely; states that if the court returns the minor to the parent's household, the parent can cancel t...

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OHSigned by governor 06/2000P-12Drivers' Education
1999 H.B. 160
Eliminates the $50 limit on fees that school districts may charge students for drivers' education....

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OHSigned into law 06/2000P-12Joint Voc. Districts as Driver Training Schools
S.B. 237
Amends section 4508.01 and enacts section 4508.09 of the Revised Code; permits a joint vocational school district to be licensed as a commercial driver training school and to offer instruction and training to students other than regular full-time students in t...

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ALSigned into law 04/2000P-12Driver Education
S.B. 241
Allows driver's education teacher to administer the written, vision, oral, or driving portion of the examination....

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UTSigned into law 03/2000P-12Driver Education
S.B. 114
Increases the ceiling on reimbursement to schools for driver education costs from $ 70 to $ 100 per student....

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