What are the relevant Education Code sections pertaining to Driver Education and how may I access them?
The key Education Code sections are 51220(j), 51220.1, and 51850-51854. These sections may be accessed at California Law (Outside Source)
Is Driver Education required to be offered by school districts?
Yes. Education Code Section 51220(j) states in part that: “The adopted course of study for grades 7-12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study . . . (j) Automobile driver education.
Is Driver Education required for high school graduation?While driver education is required to be offered, the local school district governing board may, pursuant to Education Code Section 51225.3, determine if it is a required course for graduation. A driver education elective course may be applied toward meeting minimum graduation credits without requiring driver education for graduation.
May a student be charged for Driver Education classes?
At no time may a student be charged for driver education that is required to be offered by the school district regardless of when and where it is offered. Also, note that several court cases have held that high school students may not be charged for driver training in adult schools where the course is being used to satisfy Education Code Section 51120(j).
When may Driver Education be scheduled?
Driver education should be offered as a 10th grade course since this usually matches most students' licensing age. Many districts are offering driver education instruction along with health education, since some course topics, such as alcohol, drugs, and driver fatigue, are discussed in both courses. Understanding this interrelationship is important since the leading health and safety issue among teens is associated with traffic collisions, the number one killer of teens in the state. The Education Code has several sections providing guidance.