June 22, 2024 1:12 pm
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Driver’s Ed Backlog in Wake County Raises Equity Concerns

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Students in the Wake County Public School System are facing significant delays in starting their behind-the-wheel driver’s education, with some waiting up to five months. The backlog, which dates back to the COVID-19 pandemic, was discussed during a recent Student Achievement Committee meeting where district leaders labeled it an equity issue.

Families with financial means can bypass these delays by opting for private instruction, which costs over $400, highlighting disparities in access. The district currently has 56 driving instructors but aims to increase this number to 100 by next summer. Additionally, a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club will offer virtual classes to underserved students beginning this summer. The district plans to improve communication with families through digital updates facilitated by newly hired contracted support staff.