Economic heavyweights to release report on Florida students and money

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The relationship between Florida schoolchildren and money is examined in a new study Friday by a coalition of leading financial organizations in the state.  

The goal is to develop strategies for graduating students to handle their finances better.

The Florida Council on Economic Education (FCEE), Florida Bankers Association, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will present the Financial Literacy Report Friday during a press conference beginning 10:45 a.m. at the Florida Press Association in Tallahassee.

The findings came from a recent “financial literacy summit” attended by Florida Commissioner of Education Pamela Stewart and Senate Education Committee Chair John Legg.

On hand to discuss the findings will be:

  • Mike Bell, FCEE Executive Director
  • Geoff Simon, Senior VP, Simon and Associates Wealth Management of Raymond James
  • Anthony DiMarco, EVP Government Affairs, Florida Bankers Association
  • Kaye Schmitz, President & CEO, Florida Prosperity Partnership
  • Lester Abberger, FCEE Board Member, Senior Consultant B.L. Abberger & Company

Speaker of the House Will Weatherford, among others, praised the objectives of the conference.

“Being successful after graduation is directly related to how well we equip our students for success before graduation,” Weatherford said in a letter opening the conference. “This is especially true when it comes to being financially literate in an increasingly complex global economy.”

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