Key senator backs “Money Course” legislation for 2015

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Last session, the Money Course was a shocker.

It had all the right backers, including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, CFO Jeff Atwater, and editorial boards, but despite her support, Rep. Marlene O’Toole allowed the Money Course, a key financial literacy bill, to die – and with it, the financial competence of Florida high school students.

But it’s back, courtesy of Port Orange Senator Dorothy Hukill.

That should please parents, teachers, and students – not to mention primary bill backers the Florida Council on Economic Education.

“Requiring a personal finance course will prepare our high school students heading to college or entering the work force with the tools and insight they need to be well-equipped to handle their personal finances,” said Senator Hukill in a press release.

 According to the release the bill, yet to be numbered, says:

  • Florida High School students will be required to take a personal financial literacy course as a half-credit core requirement, full-semester course.
  • The curriculum will include instruction on money management, spending and credit, insurance, taxes and income.

And more good news, the Florida Department of Education recently cleared the Money Course as inexpensive, according to the Associated Press.

 We weren’t the only ones following The Money Course last year, and we will continue to follow the bill throughout legislative session.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.