My niece came to live w/ me @ 16yo.
What exactly is the parents' objection? If you're paying, cost seems a non-issue. Isn't driver's training required? In our state, teens can get a permit at 15, and a license at 16. We had both of our girls get a permit immediately (I think they needed two classroom sessions before that was allowed, but I don't remember exactly) because we wanted them to get as much practice in as possible. When they turned 16, it was not a big deal at all to take the test, pass, and immediately start driving. They had driven so much with us that we felt very comfortable.
Although a driver's license isn't required everywhere, I do think that everyone should know how to drive. Even in a city, it's certainly nice to have for weekend trips, zipcars, being a designated driver, etc, etc... Whether or not your niece uses it all the time, it's a valuable skill. Your niece is very lucky to have you!
Since my son is 16 and just completed driver's ed, I can tell you that it is worthwhile.
Ramona Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!
Well, Kathy, IMHO the parents really don't have a whole lot to say if they're not footing the bill.
What do they do when a kid can't afford to take driver's ed? Here in MA, it's very expensive. We're paying $600 for the road hours alone. The classroom hours were another $275, and our experience is typical.
In Illinois it is a part of the public school curriculum.
Gotcha. I figured it had to be something like that. That was the way it was done in CA in the 70s. We had driver's ed in both public and private schools, then you could sign up for road training at your school, or pay for it privately. If I remember correctly, my private lessons in 1979 were $100 total, and my parents complained about the cost!