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[SOS] Secretary of State Connie Lawson announces new financial literacy initiative Curriculum will be offered at pilot schools around the state in conjunction with the Secretary’s MoneyWise program
Start Date: 2/23/2017Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/23/2017
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SOUTH BEND (February 23, 2017) — Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced a financial literacy pilot program as part of her office’s Indiana MoneyWise campaign.  The program was announced at Riley High School in South Bend, and introduces an online financial literacy curriculum that simplifies complex financial principles and allows high school students to engage through videos and simulations.

The Secretary of State’s office has launched this pilot program in six Indiana counties and is providing this resource free of charge to schools. The office is paying for the program using fines from violators of Indiana’s securities laws. The goal is to teach students how to be financially fit early in life so they can avoid debt and financial scams in the future.

The program uses leading education technology from EverFi. Topics in the curriculum include banking, credit scores, consumer protection, higher education, insurance and taxes, investing, payment types, renting vs. owning, and savings.

The program will address a growing need among young Americans.  According to a recent study by EverFi, 9 out of 10 parents talk to their kids about money, but only half of those parents actually feel well prepared for those conversations.  Additionally, forty-one percent of U.S. adults, or more than 92 million people living in America, gave themselves a grade of C, D or F on their knowledge of personal finance, leaving substantial room for improvement.

“We know that financially literate teens make smarter financial decisions for themselves, their families and their communities, whether it’s understanding taxes on their paychecks or applying for financial aid,” said Secretary Lawson. “We are excited to begin this partnership with some of our local schools and hope their efforts will serve as a model for teachers and students around the state.”

The six counties participating in the pilot program are: Lake, Porter, Madison, Marion, St. Joseph, and Vanderburgh.  It will continue through the 2018-19 school year.

More information on the program can be found at www.everfi.com/k12.

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Name: Valerie Warycha
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vwarycha@sos.in.gov
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