Reinstate Free Drivers Training in Public Schools

In Traverse City, Michigan, nearly 10% of the youth (children ages 5-17) are living in poverty. This means these children and teens are going to go without many of the things that are the norm for their age group, as well as turn them into social outcasts. Drivers Training, one of the gateways to adulthood and opportunity for teens, will not be an option to those that can't afford the program. In recent years, drivers training has moved out of the school system and has become a commercialized business. The cost of enrolling in drivers training is extremely expensive for anyone trying to make ends meet. The price usually exceeds several hundred dollars. In addition, students don't have access to cars to practice driving or responsible adults to ride with them. As a result, more and more teenagers are without the proper drivers training or drivers license. Many teens are driving without training or a license,thus increasing the danger for the rest of the drivers on the road. Also, without being able to drive, teens have limits to their opportunities, like being able to get to a job or drive to highschool or college. This is an important issue as many towns and cities across the country do not offer many public transportation options. Please join me in petitioning for the future generation of our country and help open up doors to greater opportunities for teens.

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    Renee Golden, United States

    4 years ago Comments: As a single mother of 4 children, who is disabled after being hit by a van crossing the street, I sincerely believe this is a crisis! To have my son practice driving is crucial. If he were able to do more driving, my healing would be drastically faster, allowing me to get back to 100% mommy rather than a "handicap" at Physical Therapy....This is also a huge stepping stone in his growing process into a responsible adult. He has been looking forward to this day for years and now that he is "of age", I'm left unable to afford the training. This is unfair ( I rarely use this would) to our children! Generations before them reaped the benefits of the school system offering classes, why shouldn't they. Fundraisers may be needed to allow such expenses, but that in turn would be another "responsible action" on their part. Teaching them self sufficiency as young adults. Sure they could try to earn monies as individuals, but many people are more likely to stop at a school fundraiser to wash their cars versus a kid on the street with a sign. Just an example.....
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    shiloh magee, United States

    5 years ago Comments: -
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