Lawmakers eye student financial literacy requirement


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – 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 Chairwoman Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange. Rep. Heather Fitzenhagen, R-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.