2007-09-12 / Front Page

State funds Drivers Ed classes

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Governor Sonny Perdue announced in July that $2,184,600 in grants have been awarded to Georgia public high schools and libraries to make driver education more accessible, effective and affordable throughout the state.

Among those awarded grants were the Early County Board of Education to increase the number of driver education classes at Early County High School and Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library to provide two computers for online driver education training in the public library.

Early County High School will increase their driver education classes and serve approximately twice the number of students as last year. Four semester classes with 18 students each and three year-long classes with 25 students each will be offered this school year. There is no charge to students taking driver education.

Library grantees will purchase supplemental computer terminals to be dedicated to students who need access to virtual driver education programs. As part of the DeSoto Trail Regional Library System, Lucy Hilton Maddox Memorial Library will receive two computers for student driver education use.

The grant review committee aimed to reach high school students - particularly underserved groups - that desire to prepare and qualify for a Georgia "Class D" driver's license by meeting new teen driving requirements mandated under Joshua's Law.

The 2006 General Assembly appropriated $2.7 million for use in Fiscal Year 2007.

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