Policy & Advocacy

Advocating for more and better economic & personal finance education nationwide

As a national leader in economic and personal finance education, we advocate for:

  • Internationally competitive standards for student learning
  • Legislation and education policies that will support high quality training programs for teachers
  • Rigorous assessments and measurement criteria for both students and teachers that hold schools accountable for student achievement

Partnerships are core to our mission

To achieve our goals, we work with like-minded organizations at the national level to leverage our strengths and those of our partners towards economic and financial education advocacy. The more partnerships we have, the stronger our voice in advocating for greater school-based instruction for economics and personal finance.  

State-level partnerships

At the state level, CEE works with affiliated state councils to support economic and financial education advocacy efforts related to the development and implementation of standards and course requirements.  

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Survey of the States

The status of economics and personal finance education in the U.S.

This important, biannual report brings attention to the critical importance of economics and personal finance education by documenting its status in the United States. CEE strives for high school course requirements in economics and personal finance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Notable recent advances in personal finance and economics education

Arizona enacted legislation to establish a State Seal of Personal Finance Proficiency

The law instructs the superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) to establish a State Seal of Personal Finance Proficiency Program to recognize public school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in personal finance.

Florida introduced legislation to require a stand-alone financial literacy course for graduation

The bill requires child transition plans to address financial literacy by addressing specific options for the child to use in obtaining services, including housing, health insurance, education, financial literacy, a driver license, and workforce support and employment services.

Iowa added one-half unit of personal finance literacy.

All students will soon have to complete at least one-half unit of personal finance literacy as a condition of graduation. The curriculum will address: savings, including emergency fund, purchases, and wealth building, understanding investments, including compound and simple interest, liquidity, diversification, mortgages, wealth building and much more.