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SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1159         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 234

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

James B. Eldridge

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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 relative to financial literacy in schools.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

James B. Eldridge

Middlesex and Worcester

David M. Rogers

24th Middlesex

Robert M. Koczera

11th Bristol

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

Kay Khan

11th Middlesex

Ryan C. Fattman

18th Worcester

Eileen M. Donoghue

First Middlesex

Tom Sannicandro

7th Middlesex

Bruce E. Tarr

First Essex and Middlesex


SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1159        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 234

By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 234) of James B. Eldridge, David M. Rogers, Robert M. Koczera, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to financial literacy in schools.  Education. 

 

[SIMILAR MATTER FILED IN PREVIOUS SESSION
SEE SENATE, NO. 204 OF 2011-2012.]


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen

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An Act relative to financial literacy 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 appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 1N the following section:-

              Section 1O.  To equip students with the knowledge and skills needed 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 standards and objectives on personal financial literacy. The components of personal financial literacy covered in the standards and objectives shall include: 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 for implementation by the start of the 2015-2016 school year. The department shall make available to school districts, charter schools, approved private day or residential schools, and collaborative schools 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 said standards and objectives. The department may consult with private, nonprofit, or other government institutions in order to identify and offer said 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 of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 14 of the Acts of 2011.

              SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the advisory committee established under Section 200(b) of Chapter 139 of the Acts of 2012 shall also conduct a study on additional 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 said programs. The advisory committee shall submit the results of this study 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.

              In consultation with the department, 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 report regarding all financial literacy programs in the Commonwealth on or before August 31, 2014, the advisory committee shall submit a report on best practices and recommended improvements annually thereafter for three 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.

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