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Push for more financial education in your local schools

Schools and districts can be at different places on the road toward an effective financial education program. There may be elective courses or other initiatives that can be added. Check out some ideas of ways you can encourage schools to advance financial education.  

Personal finance has been introduced by individual teachers in local high schools

 

  • Find out what is currently offered at local school
  • Learn how to get the buy-in of key players in education, like the superintendent or local school board
  • Do a survey of the community, including parents and students, to understand the need for a financial education program.

 

Current Financial Education Landscape

National standards for financial education exist. If you do not know financial education requirements in your state or are interested in learning what other states have done, there are numerous organizations that have developed databases of state legislation in personal finance.

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Learn How To Influence Key Players

Different stakeholders will have different priorities depending on what matters to them. The key is to develop a message that will matter to each stakeholder.

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Financial literacy standards have been adopted

 

  • Show the need that financial education is needed in your community
  • Develop a successful message to get the standards implemented
  • Ask what others have done in our Forum

 

Show the Need for Financial Education

There is ample evidence that financial literacy is an important issue. However, it is helpful to gather additional evidence about why financial education is not only important but an urgent issue within your community.

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Create An Impactful Message for Financial Education

An important element in speaking up about the importance of financial education is understanding your audience. Different groups and individuals will have different priorities and reasons for caring about financial education.

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Fast Lane Forum

Connect with others about financial education in our Forum.

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Financial education is offered as an elective or is included within some course content

 

  • Convince your local school board to dedicate more time to financial education
  • Find a champion to help you advocate for policy change
  • Build momentum in your community so that all students receive financial education 
  • Find training opportunities 

 

Show the Need for Financial Education

There is ample evidence that financial literacy is an important issue. However, it is helpful to gather additional evidence about why financial education is not only important but an urgent issue within your community.

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Key Players in Education

There are many actors involved in the offering of a school-based personal finance curriculum. This section outlines who is involved and their roles. It is helpful to involve as many actors as possible in the promotion of financial education.

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Build Momentum for Financial Education

Building momentum is an important way for advocates to increase awareness and support in the community for financial education in high school. The more individuals and organizations show heir support, the more likely policy makers will make financial education a priority.

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Fast Lane Curriculum Toolkit

The toolkit includes resources, games, and activities to get you started with personal finance topics.

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Personal finance (at least a semester’s worth) is required for all students

 

  • Find funding, if needed 
  • Read the best practices of others.
  • Share your success with others!

 

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Fast Lane Forum

Connect with others about financial education in our Forum.

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