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In August 2017, Gov. Rauner signed legislation that will severely impact public school driver education programs throughout Illinois.

The legislation eliminates the district waiver process for driver education. This means that school districts can outsource driver education programs to for-profit companies.

The new law also eliminates a requirement that privately-owned companies contracting with a district pay benefits to their employees that are similar to those received by certified driver education instructors in the district, further incentivizing third-party outsourcing. This encourages school districts to give up control of important services that our students and their families are counting on.

The obvious way for a private company to maximize its profits is by cutting workers’ pay and benefits. Removing this worker protection language will make it even more difficult to attract and maintain quality employees, and lead to a lower quality of services.

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