Driver's Ed: Posing a Challenge for Parents

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Parents wanting to sign their students up for driver's education might find a major difficulty in Casper, with limited seating available.

News 13 spoke to a concerned parent and a school official to find out why openings are limited.

For many teenagers, getting a driver's permit is a major milestone so is getting a license, but before they reach that goal, they must be taught.
Driver's Ed classes taught at Kelly Walsh and Natrona County High Schools only seat a limited number of students.

Jaime Cordonier, Kelly Walsh vice Principal shared, “We only have one teacher in the classroom and kids have several things to do. They have driving on the road, which is around town and up on the mountain and on the highway. So we have about four kids in a vehicle at one with the instructor. And at that same time, we have kids back in class here that are doing simulator work."

Parents shared concerns, wanting their kids to get proper training, while keeping the cost of insurance down.

Parent Nancy Wesnitzer told News 13, “What they can supply to the kids for the driver's education program is about half of that number. That leaves a lot of kids out that aren't going to be able to take driver's education."

Drivers Ed classes cost 175 dollars per student, adding another difficulty for parents on a tight budget.

"That’s a pretty sizable amount of money for each parent to pay. I don't mind paying it, myself, but some people might have a struggle with paying that."

Those over age 17 are not required to take driver's education classes.

Teens can get a license at sixteen-and-a-half as long as they've completed an approved Driver's Ed class, posing a problem for many.

"We’re limited on the classroom space, the number of simulators that we have, the driving time required for each of these students. And then also the driving range, so at the same time, for each semester and for summer, NC is using the driving range and Kelly Walsh is using the driving range at the same time. A lot of it is resources that are available."

With limited options parents face a difficult decision on educating their children for one of life's major milestones, driving.

Several schools have dropped their Driver's Ed program since insurance companies aren't giving discounts for completing the course.