RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ The fate of driver education in North Carolina looms uncertain as legislators ironing out the budget weigh whether to continue the program’s funding, or possibly end the requirement for teenagers to take driving classes altogether.

The Senate budget approved earlier this month does not include funding for school districts to offer driver education, meaning courses could soon cost hundreds of dollars. As an alternative to the high costs, the Senate proposes ending the driver education requirement for those under 18.

The House budget approved last month would renew last year’s $24.6 million spent on driver education. Funds from late vehicle registration fees would be used to fund driver’s education on an annual basis.

Under the Senate plan, driver’s education courses would be taught at community colleges starting next year.