Driver’s Education Bill

Our soon to be 20 year old! son called last week and asked: Mom, what’s the deal with this new law that says dropouts can’t get their driver’s license?
Ugh….I thought.  I remember that from last year and wasn’t paying attention. Illinois Review caught it too.
It bugged me for one, because just like the daytime curfew moneymaking laws, it makes teen homeschoolers have to prove that they’re legit and legal if they’re out and about during the day being law abiding citizens.  In many municipalities in IL, you have to prove (as my son said) that you’re innocent on the street.  It does affect homeschoolers. 
 It bugs me, for two, because it’s a ‘feel good’ for politicians to say I’m doing something.  But there is already a statute that covers the problem (see below).  There are other reasons listed below. Haven’t looked to see if there were any changes this year.  Don’t want to…..I’m sooo disgusted. 
So Dillon, if you want to write that letter;  here’s some research for ya that I (with good help from friends) did last year. 
 We’re proud of you and your sweet, sensitive heart.  Glad you’re still a good hugger.   And glad you’re watching out for your peers that want an education and their hopes and dreams fulfilled too.

Dear Representatives Flider, Chapa-LaVia, Munson, Moffitt and Dugan,

Attached are problems that I see with Bill HB 1463. Please note these issues and consider them regarding this bill. I would be happy to discuss these issues with you.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter.

Susan Ryan

Reasons to Oppose HB 1463

Representatives Flider, Chapa-LaVia, Munson, Moffitt and Dugan are co-sponsoring HB 1463. Here is the introduced synopsis: Amends the Illinois Vehicle Code and the School Code. Provides, beginning August 1, 2005, with certain exceptions, for the cancellation of or refusal to issue a driver’s license for failure of an unmarried person under 18 years of age to maintain school attendance. Effective immediately.

Here are some reasons to oppose this bill:

·          Some children are forced out or "pushed-out" of the school system by public school administrators worried about low test scores decreasing funding under NCLB mandates.  I’ve seen this occur in more than one Illinois school district.  They will suffer even more by denial of a driver’s license.

·          There is already language in place in the law regarding the driver education course that requires a passing grade in at least 8 courses during the previous 2 semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course, or the student shall not be permitted to enroll in the course.

·          It would cause harm to teenage mothers that drop out and will then have no transportation for day care, doctor visits or even a return to school. 

·          This is a punitive penalty towards unmarried young parents.  Young marriages and the statistical success rate thereof are not supported with this bill.

·          Individual families might have temporary hardship reasons for young people who need a job now and a high school diploma later. The State shouldn’t interfere or cause more difficulties.

·          This will only cause more reliance on our welfare systems as well as hardships from education system failures..

·          The increased paperwork and cost for the already overwhelmed school district and the Secretary of State’s office in processing a monthly report is unnecessary.

·          Proof should not be necessary by private school students that they are in school.  Students who are not dropouts do not have to prove that they are in compliance with the school code per the 1950 People v. Marjorie Levisen  Illinois Supreme Court ruling.

·          The compulsory attendance age is effectively changed to 18 with this bill in the requirements for proof that a student is getting or has a GED or is enrolled in a school, college or university.  If you do not fulfill any of the above requirements, then you will be denied a driver’s license. 

The “push-out” problem is so significant that the children will be punished even more besides being rejected by the school system that is there to serve them.  As the sponsors are concerned about children dropping out of school, they should address their concern to the individual school districts.  It is mandated that children should be provided a free and appropriate education within the compulsory attendance age of 7-17 years of age.  The schools need to find solutions for dropouts and/or “push-outs” regarding unsuccessful educational goals.  This bill does not address that core problem and is not part of a solution.

Legislators should not be creating a law that has already assured successful attendance in enrollment in a driver’s education course.  The judicial branch should be responsible for punishment when necessary.  This bill also intrudes into the privacy of non-truant children and families who should not be punished for any reason, let alone with the denial of a driver’s license.

Susan Ryan



Bill Status of HB1463 94th General Assembly

Report of pupils no longer enrolled in school. 

§ 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2. Driver education course

Joint Organizational Statement on No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act

(see arn-l discussion group regarding Chicago schools)

NASSMC News Brief #2086 TITLE: "To Cut Failure Rate, Schools Shed Students"

New York Forced to ReAdmit Push-Outs


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