Getting their license is something most teens can't wait to do, but changes to funding for the driver's education course may have them waiting until they turn 18 years old.
North Carolina law requires kids under the age of 18 take a driver's education course in order to earn their license.
The course has always been funded by the state, but starting at the beginning of the 2015 – 2016 school year, the state is pulling that funding. That places most of the financial responsibility on the school themselves. Something local drivers ed instructor, Alan Sewell does is not happy about.
"Anytime we are talking about the safety of our young folks, and we are cutting something that is going to help them,"said Sewell. "Is a tremendous mistake for the youth of New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina."
The school board is actively looking for ways to internally fund the program for 2015-2016 school year, but nothing has been determined yet.
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