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MAKING THE ARGUMENT FOR SCHOOL CHOICE? Some common schools have already outsourced driver ed.

One of those options is needed if the [Waukesha] School Board wants to avoid subsidizing driver's education any further, said Mark Hansen, the district's executive director of curriculum and instruction.

"We're going to have to increase the fee or get out of the business of driver's education," Hansen said. "It's the board's decision."

When the board chose to increase the fee for drivers education to $395 in the 2004-'05 school year and move the program outside the school day, it did so out of a desire to keep the program cost neutral, he said. Since then, enrollment has dropped from 660 students to 61 in the last school year, according to district figures. Costs have not decreased as much, however.

There is already a market.
In order to keep the program without affecting the budget, district officials estimate they would have to increase its fees to $425 a student. That compares with between $325 and $335 charged by private driver's ed providers in the area.
Does the argument generalize to, say, teaching writing?

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