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Educated drivers without driver's ed?

It was sobering to see Wichita superintendent John Allison propose ending driver's education, cutting 117 jobs and increasing student fees by 5 percent — worse to realize those and cuts proposed earlier would only bring the district $14.3 million closer to filling a possible $25 million shortfall. Nothing will be final until the Legislature makes its hard decisions in the coming days, but every cut in every district will have consequences, including unintended ones. For example, what would be the public safety implications of ending driver's ed?