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Education Code - EDC

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

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

DIVISION 4. INSTRUCTION AND SERVICES [46000 - 64100]

  ( Division 4 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

PART 28. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS [51000 - 53315]

  ( Part 28 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

CHAPTER 5. Authorized Classes and Courses of Instruction [51700 - 51879.9]

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

ARTICLE 13. Driver Training [51850 - 51854]
  ( Article 13 enacted by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1010. )

51850.
  

The governing board of a school district maintaining a high school or high schools, a county superintendent of schools, and the California Youth Authority and State Department of Education in providing programs of high school education, may prescribe regulations determining who can profit by and who shall receive instruction in automobile driver training; provided, however, that no pupil shall be permitted to enroll in automobile driver training unless such pupil is presently enrolled in a course of instruction in automobile driver education, or has satisfactorily completed such course. The regulations shall be subject to such standards for driver education and driver training as may be prescribed by the State Board of Education. Where driver training is provided, such course of instruction shall be given in one or more of the grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. Pupils shall be at least 15 years and six months of age at the time of completion of a driver training course.

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

51851.
  

A course of instruction in automobile driver education shall meet all of the following:

(a) Be of at least 21/2 semester periods and shall be taught by a qualified instructor.

(b) Provide the opportunity for pupils to take driver education within the regular schoolday, and within the regular academic year, as defined in Section 37250. Additional classes may be offered at the discretion of the local school district governing board, the county superintendent of schools, California Youth Authority, and the State Department of Education, to accommodate the pupils who have failed or who cannot otherwise enroll in the regular schoolday program. For purposes of this section, the regular schoolday shall be that time during which classes are maintained in the courses of instruction provided for in Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 51000), Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 51200), Article 1 (commencing with Section 51500), Article 2 (commencing with Section 51510), Article 3 (commencing with Section 51520), and Article 4 (commencing with Section 51530) of Chapter 4, and Chapter 5.6 (commencing with Section 51930) of this part, and Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 58400) of Part 31.

(c) Be completed by the pupil within the academic year or summer session in which it was begun.

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 650, Sec. 12. Effective January 1, 2004.)

51852.
  

A course of instruction in the laboratory phase of driver education shall include, for each student enrolled in the class, instruction under one of the following plans:

(a) Plan One.A minimum of 12 hours allocated as follows:

(1) A minimum of six hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) A minimum of six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purposes of observation. Practice driving on an off-street multiple-car driving range approved by the department under the supervision of a qualified instructor may be substituted for all or part of the observation time.

(b) Plan Two.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purposes of observation. Practice driving on an off-street multiple-car driving range approved by the department under the supervision of a qualified instructor may be substituted for all or part of the observation time.

(3) Twelve hours of instruction by a qualified instructor in a driving simulator approved by the department.

(4) At least three additional hours of instruction specified in one or more of paragraphs 1 to 3, inclusive, of this subdivision.

(c) Plan Three.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Six hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purpose of observation.

(3) Twelve hours of instruction by a qualified instructor on an off-street multiple-car driving range.

(4) At least three additional hours of instruction specified in one or more of paragraphs 1 to 3, inclusive, of this subdivision.

(d) Plan Four.A minimum of 24 hours allocated as follows:

(1) Three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor.

(2) Three hours in a dual-control automobile with a qualified instructor for the purpose of observation.

(3) Eighteen hours of instruction by a qualified instructor in a driving simulator approved by the department and on an off-street multiple-car driving range. The governing board of the district shall establish the proportion of time to be utilized in simulators and on the off-street multiple-car driving range.

(e) Plan Five.

(1) Competency-based driver training which means a program in which each student receives a minimum of three hours of on-street behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction, a minimum of one hour of behind-the-wheel pretesting, and a minimum of one hour of behind-the-wheel posttesting. The pretest and posttest for public school programs shall include basic skill evaluation by the instructor, as adopted by the Superintendent of Public Instruction pursuant to paragraph (2). The one hour posttest shall be conducted by an instructor other than the instructor who conducted the three hours of behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction or the pretest. Each student shall receive at least one additional hour of either behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction or observation time.

(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall adopt rules, regulations, and basic skill requirements for public school programs pursuant to this subdivision.

(3) Local district superintendents offering this program shall annually report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, on a form developed by the State Department of Education, on student completion of instruction pursuant to paragraph (1).

(f) For purposes of this section, one hour means 60 minutes including passing time.

(g) Any deviation from the standard use of a simulator or off-street multiple-car driving range, or both, shall have prior approval by the Department of Education before the school district, county superintendent of schools, the California Youth Authority, or the Department of Education can be reimbursed for the students trained.

(h) Nothing in this section shall be construed to direct or restrict courses of instruction in the classroom phase or the laboratory phase of driver education offered by private elementary and secondary schools or to require the use of credentialed or certified instructors in the laboratory phase of driver education offered by private elementary and secondary schools, except that each student enrolled in a course shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of six hours of on-street behind-the-wheel driving instruction. This section shall not be construed to limit eligibility for a provisional driver’s license for pupils who have completed driver education or driver training courses offered in private elementary or secondary schools.

(i) For the purposes of this section, private elementary or secondary schools are those subject to the provisions of Sections 33190 and 48222.

(j) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2004.

(Repealed (in Sec. 1) and added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 774, Sec. 1.5. Effective September 21, 2002. Section operative July 1, 2004, by its own provisions.)

51853.
  

Any reference in this code to automobile driver training shall be deemed to refer to the laboratory phase of driver education described by Section 51852.

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

51854.
  

(a) The State Department of Education shall adopt rules and regulations requiring all automobile driver training vehicles to be fitted with instrumentation providing instructional information on fuel consumption and vehicle fuel efficiency such as fuel efficiency meters or computerized fuel equipment.

(b) The department shall conduct workshops to provide in-service training to automobile driver training instructors on fuel-efficient driving which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following instructional techniques:

(1) Minimization of braking.

(2) Brisk acceleration to high gear.

(3) Methods to emphasize deceleration modes.

(4) Reduce idling.

(5) Methods to anticipate stops and to maintain safe distances between vehicles.

(6) The use of momentum and gravity to save fuel.

(7) Driving at the most fuel-efficient and safe speeds.

(8) Smooth steering, turning, acceleration, and braking.

(9) The use of fuel-efficient driving instrumentation to remind drivers of methods for fuel-efficient driving.

(c) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall review claims submitted by school districts for reimbursement for the costs of fitting automobile driver training vehicles with instrumentation providing information on fuel consumption and vehicle fuel efficiency required by subdivision (a) and may approve claims for reimbursement up to three hundred dollars ($300) per vehicle for the installation of this equipment, including parts and labor. The superintendent may approve claims for reimbursement for the transfer of equipment from one vehicle to another at the reimbursement rates authorized for the replacement of automobile driver training vehicles and simulators. Allowances made to school districts under this subdivision during the first year that the program is in operation shall be allocated by the superintendent from the Petroleum Violation Escrow Account. Allowances made to school districts under this subdivision in subsequent years shall be allocated by the superintendent from the Driver Training Penalty Assessment Fund.

(Added by Stats. 1986, Ch. 1339, Sec. 4.)

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