Board likely to eliminate driver education classes Vote is tomorrow; little opposition seen


Little opposition is expected to a school board vote tomorrow that would end driver education by the summer of 1994, according to a school spokeswoman.

At the behest of high school principals, the board will vote on dropping driver education as part of the school day, taught by school employees.

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow at its headquarters in the Courthouse Annex, 55 N. Court St., Westminster.

The administration proposes letting a private firm offer driving courses after school hours and in the summer, in school buildings.

Driver education costs students $65 through the school system.

Private firms are expected to charge at least $200.

Eliminating the course will save the county school system money and eliminate scheduling problems caused by its unique requirements, said Peter B. McDowell, director of secondary education.

Carey Gaddis, public information officer for the school system, said she knows of no protests or efforts by parents or school board members to maintain driver education.

In other business, the board is scheduled to hear administration plans to begin offering the Maryland Functional Math Test in seventh grade.

Statewide testing for basic skills in math, English and citizenship has always begun in ninth grade. However, the state will allow school systems to give the tests earlier, beginning next September.

Mr. McDowell said school officials deliberately skipped over eighth grade to start the functional tests, because eighth-graders already have to take several other state-mandated tests.

Students who don't pass the functional tests must repeat them until they do pass, so that they can get a diploma.

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