Emrick Driver Education Bill Passed by House Committee
12/7/2011
HARRISBURG –Legislation authored by state Rep. Joe Emrick (R-Northampton) that would make it easier for public schools to have driver education taught in classrooms was passed unanimously today by the House Education Committee. House Bill 1823 will now be considered by the full House.

“Driver education classes, which were at one time taught in the vast majority of our public schools, have fallen victim to difficult economic times and are now more of a luxury item in a school budget,” said Emrick. “This bill makes it easier for school districts to offer students instruction that is vital to their education.”

Under Emrick’s legislation, school districts would be allowed to hire private driver education instructors to teach the classroom portion without having obtained a Pennsylvania teaching certificate. These instructors would still have to meet provisions of the Private Driver Education or Training School Act.

“Anyone teaching in the classroom would still have to undergo all criminal background checks and other requirements to work in a school,” Emrick added. “This is a simple matter of using trained professionals from the community for the benefit of our young people and public safety in general.”

State Representative Joe Emrick
137th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Scott Little
slittle@pahousegop.com
717.260.6137
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