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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 225         FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 519

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Martha M. Walz

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act concerning personal financial literacy curriculum in schools.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Martha M. Walz

8th Suffolk

Peter J. Durant

6th Worcester

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Patricia D. Jehlen

Second Middlesex

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Denise Andrews

2nd Franklin

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Linda Dorcena Forry

12th Suffolk

Carl M. Sciortino, Jr.

34th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 225        FILED ON: 1/8/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 519

By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 519) of Martha M. Walz and others for legislation to provide for the implementation of  personal financial literacy curriculum in schools.  Education. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE HOUSE, NO. 1080 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act concerning personal financial literacy curriculum in schools.
 

              Whereas, The deferred operation of this act would tend to defeat its purpose, which is to increase the personal financial literacy of students in the Commonwealth, therefore, it is hereby declared to be an emergency law, necessary for the immediate preservation of the public convenience.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              SECTION 1. Chapter 69 of the General Laws, as amended by section 2 of chapter 240 of the acts of 2012, is hereby further amended by inserting after section 1O the following section:-

              Section 1P. To equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to become self-supporting and to enable students to make critical decisions regarding personal finances, the department of elementary and secondary education shall authorize and assist in the implementation of curriculum on personal financial literacy. The components of personal financial literacy covered in the curriculum shall include the following: understanding loans, borrowing money, interest, credit card debt, and online commerce; rights and responsibilities of renting or buying a home; saving, investing and planning for retirement; banking and financial services; balancing a checkbook; state and federal taxes; and charitable giving.

              The department shall develop standards and objectives on personal financial literacy, for grades pre-kindergarten to 12, inclusive, within the existing mathematics curriculum. The department shall make available to school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools and education collaboratives a list of resources to aid in the selection of materials and curriculum on personal financial literacy. The department shall identify and offer information on cost-effective methods for fulfilling the professional development activities needed to implement these standards and objectives. The department may consult with private, nonprofit or other government institutions in order to identify and offer the information. The department may apply for any federal, state or other funding, including funding available through the Financial Literacy Trust Fund, as established by chapter 10 and as amended by chapter 14 of the acts of 2011.

              SECTION 2. The department shall establish an advisory committee to consist of 11 members: the commissioner of the department of elementary and secondary education, or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair; the state treasurer, or a designee, who shall serve as co-chair; 2 public high school educators who have taught programs on financial literacy, 1 of whom shall be appointed by the Massachusetts Teachers Association and 1 of whom shall be appointed by American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts; 1 superintendent of a public high school, appointed by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents; the undersecretary of the Massachusetts office of consumer affairs and business regulation, or a designee; 1 member appointed by the Massachusetts Bankers Association; 1 member appointed by the Massachusetts Credit Union League; 1 member appointed by the Massachusetts Council on Economic Education; and 2 Massachusetts community college or state university professors who teach financial literacy or personal finance, to be appointed by the commissioner of higher education.

              The advisory committee shall meet no less than 3 times annually for the first 4 years within the effective date of this section. The advisory committee shall conduct a study on current programs on financial literacy being offered in the Commonwealth for grades pre-kindergarten to 12, inclusive, and the cost to individual schools and school districts of offering these programs. The advisory committee shall submit the results of its investigation to the clerks of the senate and the house who shall forward the same to the chairs of the joint committee on education on or before August 31, 2014.

              The advisory committee shall also advise and oversee the development and implementation of standards and objectives on personal financial literacy.  After the submission of the first report on or before August 31, 2014, the advisory committee shall submit a report on best practices and recommended improvement annually thereafter for 3 subsequent years to the clerks of the senate and the house who shall forward the same to the chairs of the joint committee on education on or before December 31.  The advisory committee shall consult with individuals with relevant experiences including: representatives from insurance and investment firms, real estate firms, and bankruptcy attorneys.

              SECTION 3. The department of elementary and secondary education shall conduct a study concerning the feasibility of including personal financial literacy in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System and in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The department shall submit a report with its conclusions and recommendations, including a timetable for implementation, to the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means and the chairs of the joint committee on education on or before December 31, 2014.

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