NGPF FinLit BillTracker: Personal Finance Bills Continue to Advance

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May 24, 2021
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Advocacy

Six states have moved closer to pushing financial education bills across the finish line:

  • In Nebraska....
  • In Rhode Island...
    • SB349 [Requires the council on elementary and secondary education, in consultation with the RI department of education, to develop and approve statewide academic standards for the instruction of consumer education in public high schools no later than 12/31/2021] is placed on the House Calendar for 5/25/21 where it is expected to be voted upon.
    • HB5491 [Requires the council on elementary and secondary education, in consultation with the Rhode Island department of education, to develop and approve statewide academic standards for the instruction of consumer education in public high schools] is placed on the Senate Calendar for 5/25/21 where it is expected to be voted upon.
  • In Texas....
    • SB1063 [Relating to courses in personal financial literacy & economics for high school students in public schools] has been placed on Local, Consent, and Res. Calendar for May 26th in the House
  • In New Hampshire...
    • New Hampshire's definition of an adequate education would be tweaked and expanded under a bill that recently passed the state Senate. The changes include adding personal finance literacy to the list of core domains listed in state law and providing more specifics for other domains. The bill (HB242) now goes back to the House, which will be asked to concur with changes made by the Senate (NHPR)

  • In Illinois....
    • SB1830 [Provides that of the 2 years of social studies required to receive a high school diploma, one semester, or part of one semester, may include a financial literacy course beginning with pupils entering the 9th grade in the 2021-2022 school year and each school year thereafter. Effective immediately.] passed through the House 111-0 on 5/21/21. 
  • In Ohio...
    • SB1 [Regards teaching financial literacy in high school] passed through the Ohio Senate by vote of 32-0. Refer to Committee: Primary and Secondary Education. 

Here's a summary of the 25 states that have introduced bills regarding Personal Finance education (updated as of 5/21/21). 

About the Authors

Christian Sherrill

Christian comes to NGPF from the world of classroom instruction, where he was a teacher for three years at a public middle school in El Sobrante, California. After leaving the classroom, he joined math tutoring company, Zeal Learning, to help grow their educator-facing sales and marketing efforts. He's no stranger to making a dollar stretch - while living in the Bay Area on his teacher salary he paid down over $40k in student loans in the span of 3 years. He's thrilled to share those lessons with teachers and students around the U.S.

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.