CCSA Answers: Charter Schools and Drivers Education

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October 29, 2016 Question: Are charter high schools required to offer Drivers Ed classes to their students?

Answer: No, while Education Code 51220 states that: "The adopted course of study for grades 7-12, inclusive, shall offer courses in the following areas of study . . . (j) Automobile driver education," this section does not apply to charter schools. Charters are exempt from all district Ed Code requirements, except those included in the Charter Schools Act and its amendments, under the Mega Waiver. Charter schools define their curriculum and their educational plan in their charter petition. Many charter schools offer Drivers Education and Drivers Training courses to students as a pay per service option, providing a lower cost group rate.