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05-14-02

PEN continues to monitor legislation.  Our many thanks go to lobbyists Kathryn Lynch and John Lovell for their efforts in protecting PEN's home study driver education programs, small driving schools, and consumer rights.  Please review the status of bills below.  At this point there are no calls to action.

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G M Gates

Together we can make California a safer place to drive and a better place to do business.

AB 546 Cohn OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED  NO ACTION NEEDED AT THIS TIME.  THIS BILL HAS BECOME A 2 YEAR BILL DUE TO MUCH OPPOSITION.  WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.    
Oppose AB 546 due to section 11225.  (b) …  no requirement that home study owners or operators possess any classroom training or experience. This sentence circumvents one of the most important existing safety standards imposed on the driver safety instruction industry. 

To have no prior experience in classroom or driving instruction for home study traffic violator instructors sets a bad precedent, is not in the best interest of pubic safety and is detrimental to fair business practices.  PEN believes with the teaching freedom of home study driver safety education programs come added responsibilities upon the operator and instructor. Since TVS also teaches minors, will the state now only require parents to buy a piece of software and not require any experienced teachers in compulsory education?   Students still need to communicate with experienced teachers not just go to a FAQ page.     

The practical experience an instructor gains teaching in the classroom or car is how an instructor learns to teach --- consider it an internship towards becoming an operator.    An operator’s duty is to insure compliance with state regulations, upgrading lesson plan content and insuring proper teaching techniques.  One gains the expertise of an operator by experience as a classroom (face to face) instructor.   Experience in Direct Instruction (EDI) is what prepares an instructor to expand into distance education.  If section 11225 (b) is deleted we could remove our opposition to AB 546. For the sake of public safety please request that the author remove section 11225.  (b) …  no requirement that home study owners or operators possess any classroom training or experience.

Letters should be addressed and faxed or mailed to your Senator with a fax copy to Kathryn Lynch at (916) 443-7353. 

AB 546 CA Legislative Information