P.O. BOX 2120



July 14, 2006



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



2005-2006 Driver Education Status Questionnaire and 2006-2007 Fee for the Laboratory Phase of Driver Education


The driver education laboratory information submitted on the attached status questionnaire will be used to ensure program compliance in accordance with 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia and to identify school divisions eligible to receive Driver Education Funds in school year 2006-2007.


Please ask your principals to complete Attachment A, the 2005-2006 Status Questionnaire form, and send it to the appropriate person in your finance office for use in completing Attachment B.


Item 135.C.5.e.2, Chapter 3, 2006 Virginia Acts of Assembly, states: Local school boards may charge a per pupil fee for behind-the-wheel driver education provided, however, that the fee charged plus the per pupil basic aid reimbursement for driver education shall not exceed the actual average per pupil cost....


To ensure compliance with state regulations, please complete the appropriate sections of Attachment B. To request approval to charge a fee for behind-the-wheel driver education taught during the 2006-2007 regular school year, please complete pages one and two of Attachment B. To report that your school division will not charge a fee for behind-the-wheel driver education during the regular 2006-2007 school term, please complete and return page one of Attachment B. The fee charged for fiscal year 2007 must not exceed the difference between the average per pupil cost for fiscal year 2006 and the calculated per pupil reimbursement from basic aid for fiscal year 2006. Attachment C provides basic aid payments distributed for behind-the-wheel driver education for fiscal year 2006.


To ensure compliance with state regulations, all school divisions should submit Attachments A and B no later than August 11, 2006.


If you have any questions and/or concerns about charging a fee for the laboratory phase of driver education, please contact Marie Williams, director of accounting, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-2040. If you have any other questions related to driver education, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.