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For Florida’s Students, Money Matters

It’s a sobering thought: Florida’s students are graduating high school without a good understanding of how to manage money.

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Michael L. Bell, M.E.d., Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education

The unfortunate truth is, nearly half of Florida’s graduating seniors lack comprehension of financial basics like credit scores, balancing checkbooks, paying back loans and avoiding bankruptcy. For each student who graduates prepared, another leaves school unready to meet financial challenges.

One of the reasons for this is lack of adequate financial education. A recent study by the Council for Economic Education found that students in states with a specific, required financial literacy course were more likely to save and pay off credit cards, and less likely to be compulsive buyers and make late payments.

Florida took a step in the right direction in 2013 by including financial literacy content in its education standards – but it didn’t go far enough.

While deliberating the bill that introduced some level of financial education to our students, lawmakers became alarmed by the growing trend of crushing personal debt incurred by high-school graduates. Research has shown this debt not only impairs their ability to find a job, but also their ability to keep one.

Fortunately, lawmakers did the right thing in that 2013 bill that required financial literacy for our high-school students. The Florida Department of Education also studied the cost of a one-semester, half-credit statewide course and found it to be very reasonable, as little as $140,000. And last month, the DOE finished updating our state’s education standards to prepare for a required financial literacy course.

So what’s left to do?

Lawmakers just need now to finish what they’ve started, by passing legislation to create that required course on financial literacy. We call it the Money Course. But Florida’s students – and businesses – may well call it a lifesaver when our graduating seniors hit campuses, offices and shops knowing how to keep and manage their money for a lifetime.

This article was originally written by Michael Bell and posted on the Pensacola News Journal July 26th 2014.

POSTED: July 31, 2014 | BY: GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Risk of Financial Illiteracy

April 29 The Risk of Financial Illiteracy

By Neil Johanning, Treasurer for New York State PTA.

Background – Where we are, the issue of financial illiteracy

There is considerable evidence that financial illiteracy has reached record proportions. Financial illiteracy has contributed significantly to a lower standard of living in general for many Americans. Financial illiteracy can result in poor saving, poor spending, excessive credit card use, and bad investment decisions. The stress of financial insecurity in families can lead to divorce, suicide, domestic violence and other crimes. Read more…

POSTED: April 29, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Advocating for Our Children’s Future

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By David Nelms, Chairman & CEO of Discover Financial Services

Financial education in school, coupled with regular money discussions at home, is necessary to help students become knowledgeable about money, establish good financial habits and avoid the economic pitfalls that can derail them from achieving their goals. As parents, teachers and community and business leaders, we are accountable for providing young people with access to academic instruction and life skills training. When we fail to do so, we deprive them of the knowledge they need to make good financial decisions that have lasting implications to their futures. Read more…

POSTED: April 8, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Let’s Add an “F” to the Three Rs – Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Financial Literacy

April 4 199x300 Let’s Add an “F” to the Three Rs – Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Financial LiteracyBy Congressman Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District.

This month we celebrate Financial Literacy Month in an effort to bring attention to this important life skill and encourage all Americans to take charge of their financial health. We’re confronted with a variety of financial decisions throughout our lives. Whether saving for retirement, buying a home, financing an education or simply putting away money in an emergency fund, a solid financial education is vital to making smart and responsible decisions.

The importance of consumer sophistication on financial matters has never been more important than it is in today’s economy. Unfortunately, Americans receive a failing grade when it comes to the subject.  According to Harris Interactive’s 2013 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey only 40 percent of adults say they have a budget and keep close track of their spending.  Approximately 60 percent of adults reported that they have not reviewed their credit score within the past year. Read more…

POSTED: April 4, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

NAF Finance Academies Receive Curriculum Boost from CEE

National Academy Foundation (NAF) is collaborating with the Council for Economic Education to strengthen NAF’s Academies of Finance and ensure all students receive a financial literacy education that they deserve.

The Academy of Finance (AOF) connects high school students with the world of financial services, offering a curriculum that covers banking and credit, financial planning, international finance, securities, insurance, accounting, and economics.

Through this collaboration:

  • NAF academies will gain access to CEE lessons that align with AOF curriculum.
  • CEE subject matter experts will conduct an industry validation review of the AOF student certification and assessment process that, once completed and approved, will lead to CEE validation.
  • CEE will provide professional development on using their lessons at NAF Next.

CEE is pleased to collaborate with NAF to ensure America’s young people receive a solid financial literacy education contextualized in a broad knowledge of economics.

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POSTED: February 15, 2013 | BY: Leslie Rasimas | TAGS: , , , ,

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