Blessed with foresight (or so we think) some Ohio legislators are considering a move toward letting an online traffic school suffice for what had become the ritual of drivers’ education in public education.

These young drivers would still be required to pass the driver’s exam administered by the state so they would need to demonstrate an ability to adequately operate a motor vehicle safely, but the portion of their education now required to be fulfilled by the state would instead be handled by private companies.

Not everyone is favor of this plan, however and some have taken their grievances to the state level, petitioning legislators to rethink any change in the existing policy. But others are adamantly in favor of the switch saying there is nothing currently be taught in driver’s education class which couldn’t be effectively translated into an online program, or delivered with an existing online program like the My Improv system.

Currently, 26 states require some form of driver’s education for students enrolled in public school. Another 15 states allow students to complete a driver’s education class online so Ohio far from seeking new ground. And since all students and first time drivers are required to pass a state administered exam and behind the wheel road test, a move toward online driving education would hardly have an impact on their driving abilities beyond this point.

There is arguably a crisis in public education at the moment, with school districts around the nation seeing their public funds reduced for a number of reasons. The school administrators then must find ways to reduce costs while continuing to provide a worthwhile education for their students. If an online traffic school can supply the driving skills and knowledge adequately enough without the need for public schools to bear the costs of employing driving instructors or teachers skilled in the program, it would seem to be an excellent alternative for schools facing a budget cut.