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April is Financial Literacy Month! 

At CEE, every month is Financial Literacy Month, but we’re happy there’s a dedicated month for the rest of the country to celebrate! This April, we have ideas for you on how you can celebrate Financial Literacy Month, whether you’re a teacher, a student, or just want to get financially savvy! 

Why Should We Celebrate Financial Literacy Month? 

In America we spend billions of dollars helping our children master reading, writing and arithmetic, but we send our kids out into the world lacking the most basic skills to prosper in life: understanding personal finance and how to manage their money and build their financial future. 

Every two years, CEE conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K–12 financial and economic education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The biennial Survey of the States serves as an important benchmark for progress in K–12 financial education, revealing both how far we’ve come as a country—and how far we still have to go. 

The most recent Survey of the States shows K-12 personal finance education is still not required in over half of the States! But we are making progress – two additional states, Nebraska and Ohio, have increased their personal finance standards, instituting a requirement for students to take a course on personal finance. And here’s why it matters! 

  • Florida’s brand-new requirement that all high school students take a stand-alone personal finance course before graduation translates to  ~220,000 kids getting more financially capable each year. 
  • Michigan’s brand-new stand-alone personal finance course requirement for high school graduation impacts ~115,000 kids each year. 

CEE is here to help the teachers in these states, and all states, become capable and confident teachers of personal finance and economics. So this April – celebrate and learn with us! 

How to Celebrate and Learn this Financial Literacy Month 

We have special plans for teachers, students, for families, and anyone else who is a fan of financial literacy. See what he have planned here

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education’s (CEE’s) mission is to equip K–12 students with the tools and knowledge of personal finance and economics so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities, and learn to successfully navigate in our ever-changing economy. We carry out our mission in three ways.  We advocate to require financial and economic education in every state. We provide training, tools and resources – online and live through over 180 affiliates nationwide – to more than 40,000 teachers annually who in turn bring the highest quality economics and personal finance instruction to over 4 million students. We deepen knowledge and introduce high school students to critical career capabilities through our national competitions and Invest in Girls program.

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