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Education Code - EDC

TITLE 2. ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION [33000 - 64100]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

DIVISION 3. LOCAL ADMINISTRATION [35000 - 45460]

  ( Division 3 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 24. SCHOOL FINANCE [41000 - 43052]

  ( Part 24 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 5. Foundation Program [41760.2 - 41972]

  ( Chapter 5 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

ARTICLE 12. Allowances for Excess Cost of Driver Training [41900 - 41919]
  ( Article 12 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

41900.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall allow to each school district maintaining a high school or high schools, county superintendent of schools, the Department of the Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education an amount equal to the actual cost, but not in excess of ninety-seven dollars ($97) per pupil instructed in the laboratory phase of driver education in accordance with Sections 41902 and 41905 and with regulations set forth by the State Board of Education to the districts, county superintendents of schools, the Department of the Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education for instructing pupils in the laboratory phase of driver education.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 924, Sec. 3. Operative July 1, 1990, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 924.)

41901.
  

The governing board of each school district maintaining a high school or high schools, each county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education shall report annually to the county superintendent of schools and to the Superintendent of Public Instruction on forms provided by the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the cost of instructing such pupils, and other information that may be required for the computation of the total direct and direct support cost incurred in the instruction of the pupils in automobile driver training.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 1452, Sec. 334.)

41902.
  

Allowances by the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be made only for driver training classes maintained in accordance with the rules and regulations as set forth by the State Board of Education.

Driver training may be made available to eligible students and, if made available, no tuition shall be charged. The governing board of a district maintaining a high school or high schools, the county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education may make driver training available during school hours, or at other times, or any combination thereof.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 102) by Stats. 1981, Ch. 133, Sec. 1. Effective July 1, 1981.)

41903.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall determine the amount of total direct and direct support cost incurred by each school district, each county superintendent of schools, the Department of the Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education during each current fiscal year for the establishment and maintenance of automobile driver training for pupils enrolled in the schools of the district, the county superintendent of schools, the Department of the Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education in accordance with regulations that he or she may prescribe.

“Total direct and direct support cost,” as used in this section, includes the total current expenditures incurred for instructing pupils in automobile driver training in special classes, including, but not limited to, automobile replacement, insurance, and upkeep and maintenance of automobiles used in the training.

“Special classes,” as used in this section, includes classes providing automobile driver training for pupils who may be excused, for the purpose of taking instruction in automobile driver training.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 924, Sec. 4. Operative July 1, 1990, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 924.)

41904.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction may promote and direct the establishment and maintenance of courses of instruction in automobile driver education and driver training in the public schools. For this purpose, the superintendent may employ professional and other personnel as necessary to give full effect to this article. There is hereby established within the State Department of Education a unit for driver instruction to be comprised of three consultants and necessary support staff. All necessary costs and expenses incurred for purposes of this section shall be provided for from funds that may be appropriated by the Legislature from the Driver Training Penalty Assessment Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 1989, Ch. 924, Sec. 5. Operative July 1, 1990, by Sec. 6 of Ch. 924.)

41905.
  

No allowance shall be made under this article for the instruction of pupils in automobile driver training unless the school district, the county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education has complied with the rules and regulations of the State Board of Education governing the establishment, conduct, and scope of automobile driver education and driver training, except that such rules and regulations shall not relate in any way to teacher certification or licensing.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41906.
  

In applying for state reimbursement for driver training expenses incurred in the school year 1968–69 and thereafter, school districts, county superintendents of schools, the California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education shall certify to having met the requirements set forth in this article and, in addition, shall certify that all teachers used in the driver education or driver training programs are qualified instructors, as defined in Section 41907.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1045, Sec. 1. Effective September 30, 1996.)

41907.
  

A qualified instructor is one who has passed an approved driver’s instruction examination and holds a designated subjects credential or who holds a valid prior credential authorizing instruction in automobile driver education and driver training.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1042, Sec. 1.)

41907.5.
  

(a) Any waiver granted by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing of the credentialing requirements specified in Section 41907 shall not extend beyond one year unless the individual to whom the waiver was granted demonstrates substantial progress toward meeting those credentialing requirements.

(b) This section shall be implemented only upon certification by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing that it has developed alternative routes to coursework requirements authorized pursuant to Section 44260.7, and that reasonable opportunities exist for prospective credentialholders to receive this coursework.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1045, Sec. 2. Effective September 30, 1996.)

41908.
  

The governing board of any school district employing persons exclusively to teach driver training shall adopt and make public a salary schedule setting the daily or pay period rate or rates for such persons. Salary amounts and criteria for advancement contained in any salary schedule adopted pursuant to this section shall be established at the sole discretion of the governing board.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41909.
  

The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall make an additional allowance to each school district maintaining a high school or high schools, each county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education as reimbursement for the actual expense of replacing vehicles used exclusively in automobile driver training programs and of replacing simulators used in such programs, but the amount shall not exceed three-fourths of that part of the actual cost of instructing pupils in automobile driver training during the preceding fiscal year which was: (1) in excess of eighty dollars ($80) per pupil instructed, and (2) expended by the district, the county superintendent of schools, California Youth Authority, or State Department of Education replacing the vehicles and simulators. Reimbursement for vehicle shall be computed for only that portion of the total mileage used exclusively in driver training programs.

For purposes of computing reimbursement, whenever a school district, a county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, or the State Department of Education replaces a driver training vehicle or simulator purchased by the district, the county superintendent of schools, California Youth Authority, or Department of Education with a vehicle or simulator that is a gift or loan, the purchase price of the new or acquired equipment shall be deemed to be the market value of the vehicle or simulator acquired through a gift or loan.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 268, Sec. 5.7. Effective June 30, 1984.)

41910.
  

The Department of Education may grant waivers of automobile driver training education provisions of the Education Code for the purpose of establishing experimental driver education programs directed toward improving cost effectiveness in the reduction of traffic crashes. Waivers under this section shall not increase program reimbursements authorized pursuant to Sections 41304 and 41306.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41911.
  

The allowances made to the several school districts and county superintendents of schools, and to the California Youth Authority and Department of Education under Sections 41900 and 41909 shall, when the Superintendent of Public Instruction determines that the funds credited to the Driver Training Penalty Assessment Fund during the preceding fiscal year will be insufficient to provide the full amounts otherwise allowable, be proportionately reduced.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41912.
  

(a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(1) To assist in reducing the number of fatalities involving youthful drivers, a minimum standard of six hours of behind-the-wheel driver training conducted by a public or private secondary school, or by a qualified instructor of a licensed private driving school, shall be established.

(2) According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the number one killer of teenagers. Per mile driven, teenage drivers are involved in accidents four times as often as adults.

(3) According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among youths 16 to 20 years of age. Nationwide, about 6,000 youths 16 to 20 years of age, die each year in traffic accidents. Teenage drivers represent about 7 percent of the country’s population, but account for about 17 percent of the victims of fatal crashes.

(4) According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, during 1993, 4,163 people were killed and 315,184 were injured in traffic accidents across the state.

(5) According to the National Safety Council, driver error causes 69 percent of all automobile collisions. Annually, 11,900,000 accidents occur nationwide resulting in 2,000,000 injuries and 42,000 fatalities. Automobile accidents cost one hundred sixty-seven billion dollars ($167,000,000,000) annually.

(6) The Department of Motor Vehicles has introduced the first major revision of the driver’s license test since 1933, in recognition of a need to require first-time drivers to pass an examination representative of the complex driving conditions confronting motorists throughout the state. A minimum of six hours of behind-the-wheel driver training conducted by a public or private secondary school, or by a qualified instructor of a licensed private driving school, is required to prepare the first-time driver under 18 years of age to pass this examination.

(b) The expressed purpose of the Legislature is that highway accidents can and must be reduced through the education and training of drivers prior to licensing, and that this instruction properly belongs in the high school curriculum on a basis of having comparable standards of instruction, quality, teacher-pupil ratio and class scheduling in driver education as in other courses in the regular academic program. Only through a high quality program of driver instruction can the greatest potential in traffic accident prevention be realized. Further, the state has a responsibility to share in the reasonable costs of providing those courses.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1045, Sec. 3. Effective September 30, 1996.)

41913.
  

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the governing board of any school district maintaining secondary schools, may, subject to Sections 41913 to 41919, inclusive, enter into contracts with approved private driver training schools to provide to any or all of the eligible enrolled students of the district, the automobile driver training as provided pursuant to Section 51852. No such contract shall be valid unless approved by the governing board. The driver training provided under contract by an approved private driver training school shall be under the exclusive control and management of the governing board of the school district and shall comply with all rules and regulations of the State Board of Education relating to driver training offered by the public schools, except that a driver training instructor of the approved private driver training school shall not be required to possess any teaching credential or certification document of any kind except as required by the Driving School Department of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the governing board from entering into contracts with more than one approved private driver training school and apportioning students among such schools.

Upon approval of the contract, the governing board shall transmit a copy of the signed contract to the State Department of Education.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 652, Sec. 1.)

41914.
  

As used in this article, an “approved private driver training school” is one which:

(a) Has a valid license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 11100) of Division 5 of the Vehicle Code.

(b) Maintains at all times limits of liability insurance established by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction equal to that required of the contracting school district.

(c) Provides, for such automobile driving instruction, dual-control automobiles approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

(d) Meets such other requirements as shall be established by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41915.
  

Any contract entered into and approved in the manner provided pursuant to Section 41913 may entitle the approved driver training school to payment by the school district of the sum of not more than 150 percent of the amount reimbursable to the school district as “excess cost” provided pursuant to Sections 41306, 41900, and 41903. In the event that a student who has commenced the driver training for which the district has contracted pursuant to Section 41913 and the student does not complete the driver training for any reason, the approved private driver training school may be paid a portion of the contract price which is proportionate to the amount in “excess cost,” if any, received by the school district for such student, compared to the amount the district would have received had the student completed the training.

(Amended by Stats. 1978, Ch. 358.)

41916.
  

Upon presentment to the governing board by the approved private driver training school written verification of the name, school, dates, and times of each automobile driver training instruction lesson and such other information required by the governing board, the approved private driver training school shall be paid the contract amount as determined pursuant to Section 41915.

(Amended by Stats. 1983, Ch. 652, Sec. 2.)

41917.
  

The governing board of any school district shall be entitled to reimbursement for driver training provided by approved private driver training schools pursuant to this article in the amount authorized pursuant to Section 41900, upon certifying to the Superintendent of Public Instruction the number of pupils for whom automobile driver training instruction lessons was provided pursuant to Sections 41913 to 41919, inclusive.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41918.
  

Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 41907, a regular employee of a contracting approved private driver training school shall be a qualified instructor for automobile driver training provided that:

(a) He holds a valid driver instructor license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, and

(b) He has completed the driver instructor course required by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

41919.
  

No approved private driver training school may enter into a contract pursuant to this article unless it has, at the time of entering into the contract, been operating in the State of California for at least 24 consecutive months.

A contracting approved private driver training school shall provide instruction pursuant to one of the plans authorized pursuant to Section 51852.

(Enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010.)

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