Another State May Make Personal Finance Classes a High School Requirement

A new bill would mean high schoolers taking personal finance classes in order to graduate.

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Would a high school class in personal finance make you better with money? That’s what Maine legislators think — and now they’re vying to make Maine the 20th state to require a class in personal finance for high school graduation.

With lessons on personal debt, managing bills, interest rates, loan requirements and the complexities of managing day-to-day finances, the proposal would see Maine teenagers graduate with the knowledge that supporters of the bill say sets them up for later life.

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Tom Higgins

Tom is a journalist and writer with an interest in sustainability, economic policy and pensions, looking into how personal finances can be used to make a positive impact. He graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a BA in journalism before moving to a financial content agency. His work has appeared in titles Investment Week and Money Marketing, as well as social media copy for Reuters and Bloomberg in addition to corporate content for financial giants including Mercer, State Street Global Advisors and the PLSA. He has also written for the  Financial Times Group.

When not working out of the Future’s Cardiff office, Tom can be found exploring the hills and coasts of South Wales but is sometimes east of the border supporting Bristol Rovers.