If we believe the typical American doctrine of unlimited social mobility, hear me out.
North Carolina has just privatized driver’s education for high schoolers in a series of budget cuts, a move that severely limits public access to driver’s licenses.
While this may be an inconvenience to the parents of upper-middle class students, to a child in a low-income family, it is a death sentence for work opportunities and the very possibility of driving before age 18.
It is a damning factor to extracurriculars, sports, social lives and civic participation.
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The writer is a junior at Raleigh Charter High School.