Originally created 02/26/97

Trustees fears licensing may upset classes



ATLANTA - Tying school attendance and performance to teens' driver licenses could disrupt classes, a Richmond County school board member complained Tuesday to Augusta-area legislators, several of whom agreed.

Trustee Mary Oglesby said requiring students to stay in school through age 18 or forfeit their licenses could disturb other, younger students.

"We need to look at this bill more clearly," she told the delegation's regular Tuesday meeting. "We do not have the personnel, we do not have the funds" to keep disruptive, would-be dropouts in school.

Ms. Oglesby was referring to legislation recently offered by House leaders combining elements of driver-safety legislation proposed by Gov. Zell Miller and Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard.

The House proposal would delay full licensure for teens until age 18 and require students to stay in school and stay free of disciplinary problems or risk losing their licenses.

She said her criticism did not represent the entire school board's position.