Iowa Judge to Weigh in on Eighth-Grader’s Driving

By Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge is expected to weigh in on a dispute between a father and school district about whether the man’s eighth-grade son should be able to drive to school.

Robert Stephenson has requested that a judge file an injunction against the Saydel Community School District, which stopped his son and three other eighth-graders from driving themselves to and from Woodside Middle School in Des Moines. Stephenson and district attorneys will meet Friday in Polk County District Court.

The Des Moines Register reports Iowa law says a student must be 14½ years old to get a school permit that allows driving to and from school and school activities.

Stephenson says his 14-year-old son is mature enough to drive. District officials say allowing eighth-graders to drive creates safety concerns.

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