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Lawmakers eye student financial literacy requirement

Florida lawmakers will again consider a proposal that would require high-school students to pass a financial-literacy course before graduation.

The Senate Education Committee this week unanimously passed a financial literacy bill (SB 88) spearheaded by committee Chair Dorothy Hukill, a Port Orange Republican.

Republican state Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen of Fort Myers, filed a House version (HB 323) on Friday.

The measures, which are filed for the 2018 Legislative Session, would require students entering ninth grade during the 2018-2019 school year to earn one-half credit in financial literacy and money management.

The course would delve into issues such as types of bank accounts, managing debt and basic principles of insurance policies.

The Senate passed a financial-literacy bill during the 2017 session, but the measure died in the House.

Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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