Jordan Driving School is contracted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System to provide the classroom and behind-the-wheel instructional phase of the state-funded driver education program administrated by CMS. This program is available to all public, private, charter, and home school students attending school in Mecklenburg County. There is a $55.00 classroom fee paid by the student, and the behind-the-wheel phase is paid for from the state funded resources.
In the 2014 legislative session, funding for driver education was eliminated effective June 30, 2015. During the current 2015 legislative session, the House, in their budget proposal, has restored funding for 2015-2016 and has identified a dedicated funding source that would fund driver education for the foreseeable future. In the Senate, their budget proposal ranges from having the Community Colleges provide driver education with parents paying the full fee, to totally doing away with the driver education requirement to get a permit before obtaining a license if under age 18. This would mean students would get no professional training in driving, but would simply log 85 hours of driving time with a parent.
The House and Senate are working now to settle their differences regarding the budget. It is also noted that they are far apart in many areas, not just driver education. Until the budget is finalized, funding for driver education is unknown. CMS and JDS have provided driver education in July and August without any guarantee of funding. In light of the Legislature’s failure to enact a budget, CMS has directed JDS to cease all driver education activities effective September 1, 2015. This directive will be in effect until the issue of driver education funding is finalized.
To learn more about the driver education situation in North Carolina, we invite you to go to the following website: www.drivereducationmatters.com. We also encourage you to contact your Legislative representatives both in the House and in the Senate and ask for their support for driver education funding.