Iowa Father Drops Challenge Over Eighth-Grade Driver

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A father has dropped his challenge to an informal Saydel Community School District policy that barred his 15-year-old, eighth-grade son from driving to school.

Robert Stephenson told The Des Moines Register that because he had to hire an attorney, he decided to drop the matter. He says his son will become a ninth-grader and be eligible for a school district permit when the school year ends on May 27.

On May 9 a judge said Stephenson had to hire a lawyer because Iowa law generally bars parents who are not attorneys from acting as advocates for their children in court.

Iowa law says a student must be 14½ to get a school permit. But the law also lets districts to set their own rules on permits.

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