Regional
4:13 pm
Thu December 18, 2003

High Court Says "No Pass, No Drive" Unconstitutional

Frankfort,KY – The Kentucky Supreme Court says a law designed to
use driving privileges to spur teens to stay in school
and make passing grades---- is unconstitutional.
In a four to three ruling the high court noted the law
applied only to 16 and 17 year olds in school districts
with alternative education programs for students
unable to succeed in a regular classroom.
In other districts, students who dropped out or were
academically deficient did not lose their licenses.

The court's majority said in an opinion by Justice
Martin Johnstone that the "No Pass, No Drive" law
violates the basic and fundamental right to equal
protection under the law.

The class action case arose in Calloway County, where
a female student lost her driver's license because of
poor grades.