Ohio school district brings back in-school driver’s ed as part of career preparation

Some Ohio students are finding it harder to get jobs because they don’t have a driver’s license, prompting one school district to bring back in-class driver’s education classes.

Driver's ed was phased out of Ohio classrooms in the mid-1990s, making it harder for students to get a driver's license before they are 18 years old, which is keeping them from otherwise starting jobs and careers before or when they graduate, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

"They are unable to even get their foot in the door if they don't have their driver's license," Rachel Tecca, executive director of Akron's College and Career Academies, told the Beacon Journal.

Third-party vendors took over classes for 15- to 18-year-olds for a fee that is unaffordable for some families.

Akron city schools is offering the pilot program, run by a private company, at a discounted cost with scholarships also available to cover costs. The classes started at Buchtel High School this fall.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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