Board to discuss legislation for financial literacy course

By Bethany Knipp

The USD 383 school board Wednesday will discuss a Kansas legislative bill that aims to make students more financially literate.

Introduced in January, House Bill 2475 initially mandated a personal financial literacy course in grades 11 or 12, but the Committee on Education recommended some amendments.

The committee removed that provision and the requirement for students to pass that class to graduate.

The House bill is the latest development in a push for financial literacy after two Senate bills enacted in 2003 and 2007 mandated the competency be implemented into student curricula.

There are some specific areas the bill outlines as ways to improve financial literacy including lessons for students about saving and investing, credit and debt, financial responsibility, money management and insurance.

Currently, personal financial literacy topics are taught at Manhattan High School in consumer education, consumer math, and several business classes, according to a report from Carol Adams, USD 383’s director of teaching and learning.

Also at Wednesday’s board meeting, Keith Noll, the district’s director of maintenance and facilities, will present a budget proposal for maintenance projects for fiscal year 2014-2015.

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