Lack of driving experience and the inclination towards risk-taking behavior places teenagers in a high-risk group when it comes to driving. Many studies show that approximately twenty-five percent of all teen drivers either receive a ticket or are involved in a traffic collision during their first year of driving. Many of those accidents result in injury or death of those in the vehicle and other drivers on the road. The GDL system was designed to ensure that teenagers are fully aware of the risks they may face on the road and are prepared to meet the challenge. Another new law called "Joshua's Law" was passed during the General Assembly and became effective on January 1,
Image credit: Getty Images via daylife. In West Virginia passed a law aimed at keeping high school students in school by tying their driving privileges to attendance. The following year the state reported that its high school dropout rate decreased by one-third. Moreover, some states have expanded their policies to include student academic performance and behavior, as well as attendance.
Each cause or condition set forth in this section is subject to confirmation by the attendance authority of the county. A child who is exempt from compulsory school attendance under this section is not subject to prosecution under section two of this article, nor is such a child a status offender as defined by section two hundred two, article one, chapter forty-nine of this code. The instruction shall be in a school approved by the county board and for a time equal to the instructional term set forth in section forty-five, article five of this chapter. In all private, parochial or other schools approved pursuant to this subsection it is the duty of the principal or other person in control, upon the request of the county superintendent, to furnish to the county board such information and records as may be required with respect to attendance, instruction and progress of students enrolled.
CNS — It will be easier for Virginians who drop out of high school at 16 or 17 to earn their high school equivalency diploma if Gov. Ralph Northam signs a bill approved by the General Assembly. House Bill , sponsored by Del. Supporters say the measure could save some teenagers time and money in pursuing a GED diploma. According to existing law, Virginians as young as 16 can earn a GED diploma if they are housed in adult correctional facilities or have been expelled from school for certain reasons.