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Who should be responsible for paying the majority of a student’s cost for driver’s education?

Response Percent Votes
The teen’s parents
57% 577
The teen
21% 217
The state
10% 107
The school district with local dollars
9% 96
Total 997


Maddy Griffin 9 years, 5 months ago

I said the teen himself. Driving is a privilege, not a right.If you want the privilege of driving at my house, be prepared to co-fund it.

Mary Darst 9 years, 5 months ago

They need to be made to be responsible. If they paid for it maybe they would take more pride in what they have learned. I know I was a little nuts when I was in school, but when you grow up you see the dangers they face. Too many people in a car, CELL Phone activity etc.

lily 9 years, 5 months ago

I'm all for paying for or helping pay for the education but after that, gas, etc they are on their own. I've watched too many think it's their right to have a car, gas and insurance provided. Didn't work that way for me. Won't work for mine.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

I am a giving person. If someone needs something and if I can spare it I give it to them, no strings attached.That extends to family. I am appalled at parents who hoard what is "theirs" like their children are strangers who have somehow infiltrated the house and must be held off at all costs. These are your children, your blood and flesh, open up those tight little fists, and give already.

Mary Darst 9 years, 5 months ago

autie...You are a good dad. You need to understand there are a lot of kids out there that don't have parents that are responsible. Did you see the article about Sally P. getting the judge job?

rambler78 9 years, 5 months ago

Not all families have the ability to pay for these "extra costs" and I want young drivers to have as many driving skills as possible. If they kill a member of your familiy with faulty driving you may wish they had been giving good driver's training. But I agree that parents who spend money for alcohol and tobacco while not providing for their children should be held acountable.

formerlawrenceres 9 years, 5 months ago

When I was in school taking drivers ed was a credit hour that counted toward high school graduation. My parents paid for it because I was only 15 and I didnt have a job at that time due to school activities. I however did pay my car payment, gas, and insurance once I got a car at 16. Being a parent now I would definitely pay for my son to go to drivers ed. I would also recommend that you have your child keep their certificate from this class as you will get a discount on insurance for them.

hawklet21 9 years, 5 months ago

I don't remember who paid for it, it was probably my mom, but I took a driver's ed course mainly so I could get a discount on the car insurance that I had to pay for myself. I don't think it's a big deal if parents want to pay for driver's ed, but I don't see why the entire responsibility has to be forced upon the community. If you want to drive, you have to pay for it. Period. If you can't afford, let's say 100 dollars, for driver's ed, then do you really need to drive? I know I want every driver out there to be able to keep his or her insurance current.

BaxterC 9 years, 5 months ago

parents should pay but that doesn't mean there shouldn't be help for those NEED it.

George_Braziller 9 years, 5 months ago

When I took drivers ed 30+ years ago my parents paid for it. I can't remember how much it was, but I know that they paid something.

micah6_8 9 years, 5 months ago

Back when I as a lad, you didn't need a license to drive - you just saddled your own horse and rode the thirty miles to school, uphill both ways, often with my kid sister, through the snow, even in July. Unless, of course the horse was lame, in that case I had to carry my kid sister. And her science project. And if she had a sleep over...

d_prowess 9 years, 5 months ago

I would that then there would be some program (perhaps funded by the insurance companies) that could cover the costs for very low income families. There is no reason those children should be penalized with a lack of drivers ed.

Chris Ogle 9 years, 5 months ago

mica6, I didn't have a horse, but I had a sister. I also remember those slumber parties my sister had.

kmat 9 years, 5 months ago

The district I was in had it as a regular course and we didn't have to pay for it. It was required. We went everyday for one semester and had to have X number of hours spent driving, pass multiple simulator tests, pass parking tests, and pass the written test. At the end of the semester, we were given our slip to take to go get our license.Why isn't it part of the regular curriculum in all schools? Everyone is going to need to know how to drive, so shouldn't we all be paying for it? Good drivers are a benefit to us all.

ksarmychick 9 years, 5 months ago

who needs drivers ed when we have the grand T bus system???

TopJayhawk 9 years, 5 months ago

ariadne. How dumb is that? The insurance industry won't pay squat. Even if they did, they would pass it on in your insurance rates., You and I would pay. You must be one of those that really doesn't understand how the world works. Like making businesses pay more in taxes, they will just pass it on to us in higher prices. They have to. Businesses aren't in businss for their health, they are in it to make money. Just like why you work,,, to make money. Jeez.

TopJayhawk 9 years, 5 months ago

If you are poor and your parents can't afford drivers Ed, then get a job and take responsibility for yourself. Quit trying to sponge off of everyone else. I get so tired of ever everyone expecting a handout.

madameX 9 years, 5 months ago

In a way, the insurance companies help offset the cost by offering discounts for drivers' ed grads. So if a family had to pay $100 for drivers' ed, but then ended up getting $100 worth of insurance discount (no idea if that's how much the discount is) then the insurance company would sort of pay for it. Better drivers are less likely to have accidents and file claims, so this system reduces the operating costs of the insurance companies. They don't have to pass the cost on to anyone because there isn't really a net cost.

Lonestar1 9 years, 5 months ago

We all benefit from safe drivers. I would now mind seeing state funds and insurance companies pay for it, but that would never get past our coal fired legislature.

TopJayhawk 9 years, 5 months ago

madame X...You are right of course, and over time, say several yrs. I'm sure it does pay for it. But that is different from them (ins) paying up front.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 5 months ago

You people are so cruel to your own children. A parent is legally responsible for their child until he or she is eighteen. But are you only going to obey the letter of the law, and not the spirit of being a mother or father. The love and joy of being a mother or father.Shame says I, shame.

gccs14r 9 years, 5 months ago

Professional one-on-one driving instruction should be a requirement for licensing.

GardenMomma 9 years, 5 months ago

How about it's part of school tuition? With an opt-out (or opt-in) option? Then, if there's a need for tuition assistance, and one qualifies, then use the funds. That way every student driver gets the same basic education (unless the parents opt-out) and those who qualify for aid still get the same education. I could be wrong, but I think the deal was when I learned to drive, if I took and passed the school course (which was an eight week course over the summer) with a certain grade or better, my parents got a discount on their insurance when they added me onto it. Anyone know if that's still in place? Perhaps it's dependent on which insurance company you use.

handley 9 years, 5 months ago

When it was offered at school I did not take it I all ready had my license. It was a credit course. I think it should be split three ways parents school district And insurance companies, and should be a mandatory credit course.

denak 9 years, 5 months ago

If it is not mandatory, then I think the parent should pay for it. However, I think the child should have to pay half or contribute a portion of cost so he or she can understand how important it is.However, I think there should be some sort of scholarship for children who are low-income or for parents who have more than one child taking Driver's ed at the same time.Dena

RiverCityConservative 9 years, 5 months ago

It is an investment in the safety of traffic throughout the state. It should be paid for by the state. Drivers education is one of the finest examples of a service that ought to be funded by the state government.

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