Financial Education

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.

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Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary on Teaching Outside of the Classroom

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 4 of 8.

Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology in Towson, Maryland, teaches 5th graders that are motivated and excited to learn about economics in and out of the classroom. Ms. Falatko has found innovation with Edmodo, a web platform administered by the teacher, where students can discuss and collaborate on projects in addition to communicating with their teacher during off hours. The result? Students leave Ms. Falatko’s economics class with a thorough understanding of financial literacy as they go forward for the rest of their education.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on August 6th

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Jennifer O’Neil from Concord High School on Economics and Entrepreneurship

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 3 of 8.

Jennifer O’Neil from Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, has shown her students that creativity goes hand-in-hand with economics. After finishing the entrepreneurial section of CEE’s publication, Financial Fitness for Life, she divided her class into groups of two or three students and assigned a project — to create never-before-seen product and put it out to market. Her students came up with phenomenal ideas for products and apps and Ms. O’Neil was able to demonstrate the importance of entrepreneurs in helping our economy.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on July 30th 2014.

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CEE’s Free Car Shopper App Available

The Council for Economic Education is introducing their new Car Shopper App, now available on the Android App store for free! Teach students what it really means to purchase a car with Car Shopper. With this app, it’s easy for students to unlock the hidden costs of their dream car in order to see for themselves. Students will be able to compare what they thought the cost of a car was versus the actual cost, by seeing the app adding up gas prices and factoring in finance options.

Inside the app, students can pick the type of car they want while the app links to real and current prices of cars. After selecting their car, students then get to choose financing options for their purchase by toggling the amount of money they want to put down, the finance rate, and contract length. Next, gas prices are then factored in and tailored to your region for accuracy in pricing. By the end, the student is shown a breakdown of the car’s price, indicating the final total and the price per month.

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This visual representation will show students, first-hand, the cost-benefit analysis of buying their dream car. By taking them step-by-step through the process, this free app is able to show how the prices add up and how buying a car is something to be carefully calculated before making any purchase.

Written by GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne, a rising junior at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina studying English and Communications. She is currently a marketing intern at the Council for Economic Education.

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CEE In the News: Florida first to adopt national financial education standards

This June, Florida became the first state in the nation to adopt CEE’s National Standards for Financial Literacy, and the news was met with an overwhelmingly positive response in the media.fl1 CEE In the News: Florida first to adopt national financial education standards

Tampa Bay Times and Financial Corps were the first to cover the news, applauding Florida for taking this important step in improving financial education for students.  Madeline Will of Education Week spoke with CEE CEO and President Nan Morrison and Mike Bell, the Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education about how the adoption of the Standards will “strengthen the teaching of financial education in American schools.” And in a Huffington Post article, financial literacy expert Mary Johnson of Higher One points to Florida’s efforts as “an encouraging development,” adding that she hopes “other states will similarly follow suit.”

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CEE Hosts “Building the Financial Literacy of Illinois Students” Event in Chicago

Last month in Chicago, the Council for Economic Education held the third of our Spring series of policy luncheons on “Building the Financial Literacy of Illinois Students.” Two panel discussions addressed two topics: first, the role of public-private partnerships in advancing financial literacy education; second, financial literacy success stories from Chicago Public Schools.

Moderator Gail MarksJarvis of the Chicago Tribune opened by addressing the importance of teaching the grammar of financial literacy through an early education: “The financial industry knows financial information inside and out, but because of this, they have a hard time speaking English. People think these financial experts know some secret. There is no secret.” State Senator Tom Cullerton concurred, noting that “The earlier we can teach people financial literacy, the better off they can be,” and pointing out the critical role of our educators: “You have to have the teachers educated to this and passionate about sharing this with our kids.” Read more…

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