Dane Co. to give nearly $188K to local school districts, organizations to help youth earn driver license

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MADISON, Wis. — Dane County is giving thousands of dollars to 13 local school districts to help those who can’t afford driver’s education get the chance to earn their license.

In total, the county will put $187,901 toward the program. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi launched the program in the Madison Metropolitan School District in 2015.

“Earning a driver’s license plays a key role in providing the opportunity Dane County’s younger residents need to avoid limitations in employment and economic standing,” Parisi said. “Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial impact it has had on countless families across our community, it’s critical we provide ways for those who may not otherwise be able to afford the cost of driver’s education the opportunity to earn their license.”

More than 1,100 young people have taken advantage of the program since 2017. A total of 248 students enrolled during the 2020-21 school year, and 85 of them have already gotten their license.

The following school districts and organizations will receive grants from Dane County for the program:

  • Cambridge Area School District ($4,250)
  • Dane County School Consortium ($1,650)
  • Deerfield Community School District ($8,000)
  • DeForest Area School District ($8,000)
  • Madison Metropolitan School District ($50,368)
  • Marshall Joint Public School District ($8,000)
  • McFarland School District ($13,185)
  • Middleton/Cross Plains School District ($11,000)
  • Monona Grove School District ($5,000)
  • Operation Fresh Start ($47,448)
  • Oregon School District ($5,500)
  • Sun Prairie Area School District ($6,000)
  • Verona Area School District ($11,000)
  • Waunakee Community School District ($4,500)
  • Wisconsin Heights School District ($4,000)