New requirements for driver's license for teens a possibility
COLUMBIA - Getting a driver's license could soon be harder for teens in Missouri.
The Missouri House of Representatives is set to discuss a bill tomorrow that would require drivers 15 to 18 years old to maintain certain grades and attendance levels in order to get and keep their license.
AP Government teacher at Battle High School, Alex Huck said he thinks that the intent behind the bill is positive.
"At the core of the bill, I think legislators are trying to encourage kids to do well in school," he said. "But to me, I always think positive reinforcement works better than removing a privilege."
The bill itself does not outline certain GPAs or attendance records necessary for a driver's license; it leaves that up to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
"I'd say it would be a hard task to choose those standards," Huck said. "The problem is, many of the kids who struggle with grades or attendance may be the ones who need transportation and the ability to get around the most."
Huck said some students may work after school jobs to help provide for their families. "Without transportation, we might actually see their grades suffer more," he said.
When asked what he thought his students might think of the bill, Huck said he would expect a mixed response.
"Teaching an AP class, at first, I think some kids would say yes, that's a good thing, we all need to do our best at school," he said. "But at the same time, after a while, I'm guessing my students might think taking away a license is a little harsh."
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