New Pa. law helps bring driver’s ed back to the classroom

    A new Pennsylvania law will help school districts restore in-class driver’s education programs.

    Gov. Tom Corbett has signed a law that lifts the requirement for driver’s ed instructors to have teaching certificates.
    Because districts require that only certified teachers can be classroom instructors, many schools’ driver’s ed programs have consisted only of behind-the-wheel lessons. Districts can now partner with private contractors for classroom and road programs.

    Pa. Sen. John Rafferty, R-44th, who sponsored the bill, told the Delaware County Times the goal of the legislation is to give Pennsylvania teenagers as much training as possible before they hit the road alone.


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