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  • Significant Accomplishments: Personal finance and economics standards in grades K-12 and required high school stand-alone personal finance course


Previously, Florida required a one-half credit economics course for high school graduation. The course, Economics with Financial Literacy, contained personal finance components and instruction. However, in May 2019, Florida passed House Bill 7071, which removes financial literacy from the required economics course and instead mandates that all schools offer a financial literacy course as an elective, beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. The bill was signed by the Governor in June 2019. While this change was intended to provide more concentrated financial literacy instruction as a stand-alone course, in reality, it results in less students being exposed to financial literacy. Previouslyt every student, regardless of which courses they chose to take, received some financial literacy instruction through the required economics course. After the passage of that legislation, even though each school offers a financial literacy course, students would only receive financial literacy instruction if they chose to take the elective course. 

Florida has an extensive legislative history regarding financial literacy instruction. Bills which would make a stand-alone personal finance course a high school graduation requirement have been considered, and even passed by one of two chambers, in recent years. The late Senator Dorothy L. Hukill, who passed away in fall of 2018, sponsored many of the bills and made financial literacy instruction a major priority. In 2019, Senate Bill 114, which would similarly add a personal finance course for graduation, was named the “Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act” in honor of the senator’s efforts in financial literacy. The bill died on calendar in May of 2019. However, in March of 2022, the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act passed, requiring a stand-alone half credit course.

Regarding K-8 standards for financial literacy, Florida has implemented some financial literacy standards but not to the extent that a student receives financial literacy instruction each school year. Under the Social Studies standards, financial literacy is a strand for Grades 4, 8, and 9-12. Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards mandate that “Social Studies standards must establish specific curricular content for… financial literacy.”’ Additionally, there are economics standards that align with financial literacy within the K-8 social studies standards.

Florida receives an “A” for guaranteeing financial literacy instruction in grades K-12 and requiring a half credit of personal finance instruction in high school

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