Category: Advocacy

NGPF Podcast: Gene Natali, Author of the Missing Semester, Advocate for Financial Education For ALL Students

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May 24, 2019
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Podcasts, Investing, Advocacy
 Investment consultant to large institutions by day and author, educator and advocate by night aptly describes Gene Natali and the multiple hats he wears. I first met Gene at the JumpStart National Educator Conference where he delivered a rousing keynote address that captured the audience's attention. Pulling from the best of behavioral finance, he frames financial issues in a manner that demonstrates the long-term impact of decisions. This will make even the most impulsive young person...

No Textbook Required

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May 22, 2019
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Advocacy
Saw this in a financial education bill filed in South Carolina (that ultimately died).  $4.35 million dollars for materials and textbooks and funded on a six-year cycle.  Our one-semester personal finance course is used by thousands of teachers and costs $0. It's also updated frequently so it has accurate information on student loan interest rates, tax law changes and new financial products. There are plenty of other non-profit providers (NEFE and Take Charge to name two) that also...

4 steps educators can take today to implement Florida's newly required personal finance elective for fall 2019

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May 21, 2019
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Advocacy, Professional Development
A shift in Florida's education policy demands a quick turnaround for high schools   If you follow the Florida legislature closely (as we do at NGPF), you may have seen that House Bill 7071 passed on May 2nd, and is currently awaiting signature on Governor Ron DeSantis's desk. One of the key provisions of this new workforce readiness law is, "requiring school districts to offer one-half credit in financial literacy as an elective." You can read the full text of the law here.  ...

NGPF Turns 5! Thanks to the amazing educator community!

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May 16, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy
Five years ago, Jessica and I opened the doors at NGPF with a mission to revolutionize the teaching of personal finance in all schools and to improve the financial lives of the next generation of Americans. Ok, not really. It actually started with more modest ambitions. Think experiment. We would build some curriculum to engage a community of educators so we could learn more about what they need, then make more curriculum, engage more teachers, rinse and repeat. We knew the field was crowded....

Reading List for May 11-12

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May 10, 2019
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Investing, Stocks, Advocacy, Credit Cards, Mortgages, Retirement
  Investing We will start with Investing this week because this week's biggest news is today’s Uber’s IPO. Here is all you need to know about the one of the largest IPOs! (NYT) Uber was priced at $45/share--the “low end,” and keeping the valuation at $82B, well below the expected $100B. Looks like “low end” wasn’t low enough. Watching CNBC Squawk Box as the market was “building the book” before the first trade was fascinating as the...

NGPF Analysis: Florida Financial Literacy Bill Will Reduce Number of Students Receiving Financial Education

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May 09, 2019
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Research, Advocacy
Much ink has been spilt recently about the legislation in Florida that is awaiting the Governor's signature. With headlines like this, "Legislature approves mandatory financial literacy classes in honor of late senator," you might be surprised to discover that this bill actually REDUCES the number of students receiving financial education in the short-term and potentially the long-term too. So, while legislators are taking victory laps and touting their talking points that celebrate this...

Advocacy In Action: Inspiring Testimony from Brett Burkey of Florida

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Apr 17, 2019
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Advocacy
Here's the video with Brett's testimony starting around 27:30: http://www.flsenate.gov/Media/Videoplayer?EventID=2443575804_2019031383&Redirect=true Good Afternoon. My name is Brett Burkey, I’ve taught high school in Palm Beach County for nearly 35 years and I’m the Assistant Director of the FAU Center for Economic Education, providing professional development for teachers of Economics and Personal Finance in South Florida and around the state.  I thank you for the...

Why We Do What We Do - April 2019

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Apr 07, 2019
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Employment, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Career
This email from a Delaware teacher greeted me yesterday. It came from a student of hers [Bold is mine]: I wanted to inform you that after we learned about pay cards in class I let my friend who was threatened with termination after being offered a pay card know that it was in his legal rights to decline that method of pay. He was extremely excited and wanted to let you know that he is very thankful. He says that Kansas City is not an easy place to find a teen job. After finding out that he is...

FinHero of the Month: Bryan Fritz (Plymouth, OH)

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Apr 02, 2019
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Advocacy
Celebrating the commitment of FinHeroes everywhere Brave, hard-working teachers (if you're reading this, you're likely one of them!) all across this country are making strides towards a day when ALL young people have access to personal finance instruction in school, no matter the obstacle. In their honor, and with our sincere gratitude, we bring you April 2019's FinHero of the Month... April FinHero: Bryan Fritz (Plymouth High School, Plymouth, OH) One of the many ways a teacher-advocate...

Reading List for March 30-31

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Mar 29, 2019
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Paying for College, Personal Finance, Advocacy, Current Events, Economics, Investing, Taxes
Advocacy The value of Financial literacy is getting some traction ahead of financial literacy month. (WSJ) Economics Apparently the yield curve inverted last week and recession talk is on the rise. Here is a quick one on the subject from Forbes. Here is a slightly meatier one on the inverted yield curve from SLATE. New World (Retail) Order Can Apple change TV/streaming? What will Apple morph into next? (Bloomberg) Here is what Apple announced on Monday. (CNBC) Can Amazon change grocery...

Let's Go To the Videotape: FinHeroes In the News

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Mar 15, 2019
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Video Resource, Advocacy, NGPF Fellows
Lots of great news stories recently highlighting the work of FinHeroes across the country... NGPF Fellow James Redelsheimer of Robbinsdale Armstrong High School (MN) featured in "Armstrong teacher offers up financial advice"   NGPF Summit Attendees Jill Hughes (2018) and Laura Schoenicke (2018, 2019) Menomonee Falls High School (WI) featured in "Students Learn How To Manage Finances."   NGPF Summit 2019 attendee Jake Richards of Lakeland Union High School (WI) featured in...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Mike McQuarrie, Headmaster at Erskine Academy (Maine)

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Mar 15, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy
In this installment of the NGPF Podcast, Mike McQuarrie describes how Erskine Academy in South China, Maine has created a three course sequence to boost college and career readiness. Providing a strong foundation in personal finance education has ensured that Erskine, an independent school, will succeed in the competition for students. He also describes the close collaboration between the counseling department and teachers which ensures that the curriculum is meeting the needs of the students....

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks to Sauk Prairie (WI) Assistant Superintendent Jeff Wright

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Mar 08, 2019
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Personal Finance, Advocacy
Hear from this passionate advocate for financial education about how he galvanized the local business community to ensure every student in his district is both college and CAREER-READY and financially capable. Lots of great advice for administrators looking for creative ways to increase access to financial education too.  Enjoy! Details: 0:00~1:08 Introduction 1:08~5:19 Jeff's job and community 5:19~8:52 Early money lessons 8:52~12:10 Personal finance in the school district 12:10~15:01...

FinHero: Renee Nelson

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Mar 04, 2019
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Advocacy
In January 2019, NGPF released 11 Advocacy Case Studies featuring teachers’ brave efforts to expand access to personal finance instruction in their schools, districts and states. Today, we’re thrilled to recognize one of the 11 featured teachers as FinHero of the Month: Renee Nelson!   Ms. Nelson is a financial math teacher at KIPP NYC College Prep. She is also an adjunct professor at Syracuse University, where many of her high school students earn transferable college credit...

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Deb Janke, A School Leader Passionate About Financial Education

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Mar 01, 2019
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Podcasts, Advocacy, Personal Finance, Tips for Teachers
I reached out to our FinLit Fanatics group recently requesting names of administrators who "get it" when it comes to financial education. I heard from a teacher at Lomira High School (WI) who recommended her principal, Deb Janke, who has been "super supportive in my quest of making our financial literacy courses effective!" In this podcast, Deb shares the process her school went through to ensure that all students took a personal finance course before they graduated as well as the benefits...