Cutting class soon could cost teens driver’s licenses

The Clark County, Nev., School Board on Aug. 4 will discuss whether to push for a new state law that will link driving to school work, reports the Las Vegas Sun: If you don’t get good grades, you don’t drive. Penalties could be meted out not just to the underachieving students but also to their parents. The implications in Clark County are significant; about a third of the class of 2009 failed to graduate. The proposal under consideration would require “proof of high school enrollment, including demonstrated attendance and evidence of passing grades” to get—and keep—a license until the age of 18. A license would be “an annual privilege subject to renewal.” And if a student were to skip school three times or more and become what is known as a “habitual truant,” his parents would have to go to “Saturday intervention sessions” to learn how to be better parents. Parents also could lose recreational licenses, such as hunting and fishing. Joyce Haldeman, the district official whose staff drafted the plan, anticipated that the proposal would be “controversial,” but said she wanted it to be. “Schools can’t do it by themselves, so we want to open a dialogue on valuing children going to school,” she said. “We want to make this a priority.”

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