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Financial Literacy Month aimed at raising awareness to manage funds

Cory Wilson Financial Literacy Month aimed at raising awareness to manage fundsBy Cory T. Wilson, Chair-elect, Mississippi Council on Economic Education; Attorney, Heidelberg Steinberger Colmer & Burrow.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has issued a proclamation designating April as Financial Literacy Month.

Chances are, I realize, the designation is probably not on your smart phone calendar, and it may not be the theme of many spring parties. But it merits attention and not just in April.

As millions of Americans endured the drudgery of filing their tax returns April 15, a few thoughts on financial literacy are in order. Of course, it takes more than a Master’s degree in finance to understand our byzantine tax code, so leave that to the accountants and the tax software folks for the moment. Financial Literacy Month is aimed at raising awareness of a problem more basic and epidemic. Read more…

POSTED: April 17, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

Do the Math

William Coffin, Chairman of the California Council on Economic Education, in the Los Angeles Business Journal, says schools must rewrite curriculum to include financial literacy to provide students with crucial skills.

Financial literacy is a critical life skill. Ask any one of the tens of millions of Angelenos impacted by the $7 trillion decline in the value of household wealth starting in 2008, which was at least in part caused and sustained by basic misunderstandings of personal finance and a lack of economic thinking, and the answer is a resounding, “Yes, financial literacy is important.”

Read the full story here.

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EconomicsWisconsin Center Director Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Scottniederjohn EconomicsWisconsin Center Director Awarded Fulbright Scholarship Niederjohn, Director of the Lakeland College Center for Economic Education in Sheboygan, WI, has been selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for a Fulbright award to Luxembourg.

He has received countless awards over the years for his work in economic education and has been an EconomicsWisconsin Center Director since 2005.

Our sincerest congratulations go to Dr. Niederjohn for this prestigious honor.

POSTED: April 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

Colorado Council Board Member Shares Passion and Education with Local Students

Ward Cerny, board member of the Colorado Council for Economic Education (CCEE), is featured in the Denver Business Journal, and it is recognition well-deserved.

Cerny has an impressive background in international investments, mergers and acquisitions, but his current work as an economic and personal finance educator is perhaps the most important.

“The irony of economics is the people who need it the most are the least likely to receive that education,” Cerny said. “[CCEE's] mission is to make that a key part of curriculum. The main lesson we want to teach people is the more fundamental lesson that economics is the science of decision making in a scarce world.”

Since 2008, Cerny has taught two three-month, economics-oriented classes at Columbine High School through the CCEE each year, competing against students in the Stock Market Game, now called Stock Market Experience.

“It’s always fun when the kids try to beat me,” Cerny said. “One kid would put his entire portfolio in Apple and blow my balanced portfolio out of the water.” Cerny tries to teach his students about the long-term strategy, not just a three-month one.

Read the full article here.

POSTED: March 11, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , , ,

Financial Literacy Skills in Indiana

Poor financial literacy skills lead to poor choices. Poor choices can create a downward spiral for young people and adults.

Jeff Sanson, executive director of the Indiana Council for Economic Education (ICEE), spoke with Symone Skrzycki of BizVoice Magazine, on the importance of financial literacy and education for our nation’s youth in ‘Cause for Alarm – Financial Literacy Skills Must Improve.’

ICEE is one of CEE’s state affiliates working to improve the personal finance and economic skills for teachers and students. You can learn more about their work here.

Read the full BizVoice article here.

POSTED: March 5, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Last fall Economics Arkansas was nominated as a Finalist in the Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards.

Economics Arkansas was announced as the winner in the Nonprofit category at the awards gala in Little Rock, AR last night. CEE is proud to have Economics Arkansas as one of the many local affiliates of the Council for Economic Education, training Arkansas K-12 teachers how to integrate principles of economics and personal finance into the classroom curriculum.

“Receiving this statewide award brings recognition to our mission, and affirms to the more than 800 who attended, how important economic literacy is to our state and to the nation,” said Sue Owens, Executive Director of Economics Arkansas.

Watch the video of Sue Owens at the Annual Arkansas Business of the Year Awards gala.

economics arkansas video Economics Arkansas Wins Nonprofit Organization of the Year

Read the full press release here.

POSTED: February 27, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , ,

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