Funding and Disbursements

Driver Education Program

105 ILCS 5/27-23 and 27-24.2 of the School Code requires each school district which maintains grades 9 through 12 to offer a driver education course which is defined as both classroom and behind-the-wheel. The state administrative rules which govern school district Driver Education programs can be accessed at Part 252 Driver Education. Both the classroom instruction part and the practice driving part of such driver education course shall be open to a resident or non-resident pupil attending a non-public school in the district wherein the course is offered and to each resident of the district who acquires or holds a currently valid driver's license during the term of the course and who is at least 15 but has not reached 21 years of age, without regard to whether any such person is enrolled in any other course offered in any school that the district operates.

Each student attending any public or non-public high school in the district must receive a passing grade in at least 8 courses during the previous 2 semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course, or the student shall not be permitted to enroll in the course; provided that the local superintendent of schools (with respect to a student attending a public high school in the district) or chief school administrator (with respect to a student attending a non-public high school in the district) may waive the requirement if the superintendent or chief school administrator, as the case may be, deems it to be in the best interest of the student.

The driver education course must consist of 30 clock hours of classroom and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training by a certified driver education instructor.  The district may charge a reasonable fee, not to exceed $250, unless the district has received an approved waiver from the Illinois State Board of Education.  If a student is unable to pay for the course, the fee shall be waived per 105 ILCS 5/27-23.

Driver Education reimbursement for school districts is formula driven and is calculated annually by the State Board of Education, Funding and Disbursement Services Division. Per PA 94-0440 signed into law on August 4, 2005 payments are distributed quarterly and calculated based on the number of students each school district reports to the State Board who have completed classroom and behind the wheel from July 1 to June 30 of each year. ISBE reimburses districts for up to one pass or two attempts of classroom instruction and one pass or two attempts of behind-the-wheel instruction with behind-the-wheel instruction being reimbursed at a higher rate than classroom instruction.

The base reimbursement amount shall be a weighted calculation by dividing the total state appropriation each year by:

  1. the number of classroom students times .2, and
  2. the number of students completing behind-the-wheel training times .8.

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