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Lawmakers: High Schoolers Need More Financial Literacy

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Florida schools should teach their students how to save, invest, and otherwise understand personal finances. That’s according to members of the Florida Financial Literacy summit. Now lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a graduation requirement. Mark Anderson is with the Florida council on economic education.

“Students that come from states that require a course on financial literacy are more likely to save, less likely to incur risky financial debt and sound research underscores that,” Anderson says.

The bill would require students to take a stand-alone financial literacy class. Currently financial literacy is included in high school curriculums as part of a class on economics.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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