No Textbook Required

May 22, 2019

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 provide quality resources at no cost. 

Someone please get the word out to legislators and state departments of educations that there are OER resources available at NO COST! Oh, and there's PD at no cost too. In fact, we have 70 FinCamps planned for 2019-20 school year and 18 Virtual FinCamps planned for this summer alone. Don't ever let the legislature try and kill a bill to increase access to personal finance  by putting in costs for textbooks and PD. NO TEXTBOOK REQUIRED! 

About the Author

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.