Why Students in Oklahoma Have a Brighter Future

Business & Money

Oklahoma is about to coronate one of the most comprehensive statewide school-based financial education programs in the country. Beginning this May, to graduate from high school students must demonstrate an understanding of 14 wide-ranging money management concepts.

The Class of 2014 can rightfully consider itself Guinea pigs. These students were in the seventh grade when the Oklahoma law kicked in, and for the first time mandated that kids learn about money between the grades of seven and 12. It’s up to the schools to decide when and how. Most deal with the subject in a semester or two, and as graduation approaches this year there has been some scrambling to get these lessens completed.

Six years later, though, the Class of 2014 is about to become the first in state history required to earn a “passport to financial literacy.” It seems far-fetched that any student would be denied their diploma…

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