Policy & Advocacy

As the national leader in the field of economic and financial literacy education, CEE works to promote legislation and education policies at the federal and state levels which will support high quality professional development programs for highly effective teachers, internationally competitive standards for student learning, and rigorous assessments and measurement criteria for both teachers and students that hold all schools accountable for achievement of all students.  To achieve these goals, CEE works with like-minded organizations at the national level to leverage our strengths and those of our partners and build a stronger voice to advocate for better and greater school-based instruction in economics and financial literacy.

CEE works with members of Congress and government officials involved in economic and financial literacy efforts to stay abreast of the latest legislative and governmental priorities.  CEE maintains close contact with the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capabilities and supports the Key Themes of PACFC to promote financial literacy for all Americans.

CEE strongly believes that economic knowledge and financial literacy are core skills for college and career readiness.  All students deserve the opportunity to develop the economic way of thinking before graduating high school.  In the long run, CEE strives for high school course requirements in economics and personal finance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We publish a biennial report, the Survey of the States, that brings attention to the critical importance of economics and personal finance education by documenting its status in the United States. At the state level, CEE works with affiliated state Councils to support advocacy efforts related to development and implementation of standards and course requirements.

Current Initiatives:

Nan Morrison Speaks on Financial Literacy Education at U.S. Treasury

On February 12, 2014, Council for Economic Education President & CEO, Nan Morrison, participated as a panelist at the U.S. Treasury – Financial Literacy and Education Commission public meeting alongside: José Cisneros, Treasurer, City and County of San Francisco; Eileen I. Klein, President, Arizona Board of Regents; and Kate Marshall, Treasurer, State of Nevada. During the presentation Nan shared the results of the 2014 Survey of the States and discussed the importance bringing together non-profits, the private sector, and the public sector to not only pass financial literacy requirements but implement programs that improve outcomes for kids and allow them to be prepared for productive futures. A webcast of the full meeting can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1mSCtil with Nan’s remarks beginning at 01:18:20.

Past Initiatives:

Financial Literacy Policy Luncheons

In 2012, CEE recognized leaders in financial literacy at the bipartisan luncheons presented in partnership with the North Carolina Council on Economic Education and the Florida Council on Economic Education. CEE invited two distinguished groups of panelists to both the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention to discuss a single topic: “Financial Literacy: Is Your State Part of the Problem—or the Solution?”.

Read the press release here.

Learn more about the esteemed panelists and host committees here.


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