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Teachers and Students: Tell us ‘What Should the Next President do to Improve the Economy?’

This election season, CEE is holding a video contest asking students in kindergarten through 12th grade, via their teachers, for the best economic advice they can give our new President. Teachers should record one student, or a group of students, answering the question “What Should the Next President do to Improve the Economy?”

Enter your video today! This contest is hosted on Facebook, therefore teachers who want to enter the contest will need access to Facebook. Not all schools allow access to Facebook, so please plan accordingly by uploading your video to Facebook via a computer not associated with your school.

Download a word doc of the rules and FAQ here.

A sample video, rules and FAQ are available on CEE’s Facebook page.

Watch CEE’s Sherria Saafir explain the video contest, and why we think the economy is an important part of the 2012 election.

Video Contest Rules

One winner will be chosen by CEE Facebook fans (“Viewers’ Choice”) and at least one winner will be chosen by one or more economists selected as judges by CEE (“Economists’ Choice”). Prizes include a $500 American Express gift card for each teacher winner, and $25 iTunes gift cards for the student(s) featured in the winning videos.

Video Submission Period
Opens: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 9:00a.m. ET
Closes: Monday, October 15, 2012, 11:59p.m. ET
Public Voting Period
Starts: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 9:00a.m. ET
Ends: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 3:00p.m. ET


We look forward to hearing what your students have to say! Good luck.

POSTED: September 12, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

CEE at the DNC: Solutions to improve financial literacy in our schools

It was full speed ahead to the Democratic National Convention, despite the cancellation of CEE’s policy luncheon at the Republican National Convention, where an esteemed panel of leaders in financial literacy gathered in the spirit of the upcoming election to discuss personal finance education.

Today’s speakers included: June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; Rodrick Banks, Wells Fargo; Pamela Everhart, Fidelity Investments; Roger Ferguson, President & CEO, TIAA-CREF; Nicole Lipp, Teacher, Garinger High School, Charlotte, NC; John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Ariel Investments; and Senator Josh Stein, North Carolina General Assembly.

North Carolina Senator Josh Stein called financial literacy a ‘social justice issue,’ and the panel speakers discussed the importance of personal finance in our nation’s schools.

POSTED: September 4, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

CEE at the RNC: In Spite of Hurricane Isaac, Still Making a Splash

Moving into peak election season, the Council for Economic Education decided to head down South for the Republican and Democratic Conventions, asking two separate panels to address the same issue: “Financial Literacy: Is Your State Part of the Problem—Or the Solution?”  While we’re still on track for Tuesday’s policy luncheon in Charlotte, Hurricane Isaac had other plans for us this past Monday, forcing us to call off our Tampa event.

Read more…

POSTED: August 31, 2012 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , ,

Thad Cochran & MS Teacher Agree on Financial Literacy Benefits

Sharra Jones Testifies at Senate Hearing on Mississippi Financial Literacy Program

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26 – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today concurred with points made by a Mississippi elementary school teacher at a U.S. Senate hearing on the benefits of increasing financial literacy among students.

Sharra Jones, a third grade teacher at Oak Park Elementary School in Laurel, was among the witnesses invited to testify at a “Financial Literacy:  Empowering Americans to Prevent the Next Financial Crisis” hearing called by the Oversight of Government Management Subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Read more…

POSTED: April 27, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

Pew Research Center: The News IQ Quiz

Are you more news-savvy than the average American?

What Do You Know About?


Test your knowledge of the major political parties by taking our short 13-question quiz. Then see how you did in comparison with 1,000 randomly sampled adults asked the same questions in a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.

When you finish, you will be able to compare your News IQ with the average American, as well as with the scores of college graduates and those who didn’t attend college; with men and women; and with people your age as well as other ages.

POSTED: April 26, 2012 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,