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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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

POSTED: July 30, 2014 | BY: GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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.

POSTED: July 23, 2014 | BY: GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School on Using Film to Teach Economics

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 2 of 8

Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, explains how she motivates her high school seniors by assigning a class project where students are tasked with creating their own short films to explain and demonstrate economic concepts like scarcity and opportunity cost.


Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on July 23th, 2014.

POSTED: July 16, 2014 | BY: GeorgiAnna Carbone-Wynne | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Delaware fosters discussion on Economic and Personal Finance Education

In an effort to bring attention to the continued need for personal finance education in K-12 programming, over 80 industry, government and education leaders gathered on May 5 to discuss the state of economic and personal finance education in Delaware and how they are working together to improve the economic and financial literacy of young people.

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Delaware Govenor Jack Markell.

The program, held earlier this month at the Hotel du Pont, was the first of four regional events hosted by the national Council for Economic Education (CEE) and its local affiliate, the Delaware Council on Economic Education (DCEE), and sponsored by Capital One.

Highlighted during the event was the progress already being made through the strong partnership forged with the University of Delaware’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE).

“An overwhelming majority of Americans, when hit with an emergency, would have less than two weeks of reserve on which to live and a huge number of people would be out on the streets,” said Gov. Jack Markell, a longtime advocate committed to financial education, in his keynote address. “So, unfortunately, most kids don’t know about money because they’re not learning about it at home.” Read more…

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

Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We Can

April 23 Once is Not Enough—Together, Yes We CanBy Helen Roberts, Clinical Professor in Economics at UIC and Director, UIC Center for Economic Education.

Practice Makes Perfect

How can our children learn the necessary skills and knowledge to be financially literate? Like reading and driving and other important life skills, one try, one course, one time is not enough to be proficient.

To learn to drive a car, students must learn the rules of the road. To drive their financial lives, students need to learn the rules of good financial life, such the importance of saving, budgeting, and protecting their money. Just as reading about driving is not enough, students need to practice as they go. Read more…

POSTED: April 23, 2014 | BY: Annamarie Cerreta | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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