By Beverly A. Carroll
Several local elected officials today endorsed the efforts of a volunteer group working to get drivers education back into Hamilton County’s public schools.
Officials from Chattanooga, East Ridge, and Hamilton County attended a news conference held to demonstrate a machine that simulates driving.
Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said he endorsed acquiring the simulators. “That’s a practical way to do it.”
County Commission Chairman Larry Henry said he, too, supports reinstating the driving program.
“But it all comes down to funding,” he said.
Hamilton County Schools eliminate drivers education a decade ago, and school officials said there is no money now for the program.
The volunteer group has been working about four months to develop a plan to reinstate drivers education courses.
“We haven’t identified funding yet,” volunteer and East Ridge parent David Roden said. “Whatever it is, it would have to be sustaining.”
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