Financial District

Project

Finance

MISSION

Our mission is to make personal finance accessible to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. We are beginning our advocacy efforts in Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland), where we will be pushing for a one semester financial literacy course requirement.

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How can I help?

Fill out the student survey:

Send an email to the MCPS Board of Education:

 STATS

From over 270 responses from MCPS students...

82%

of students support making financial literacy a graduation requirement.

For the students who didn’t support it, 65% would be interested in taking an elective personal finance course. 

over 50%

of students rated their tax management skills as a 1 out of 5

only 16.5%

of students rated their ability to make student loans as a 4 or 5 out of 5

What we are working on right now

  • Student Form Responses

  • BOE Testimony:

 

  • Reaching out to BOE members

  • Calls with personal finance non profit leaders

  • Teacher interviews

What students think

What teachers think

Teacher interviews were conducted with numerous MCPS high school teachers who decided to remain anonymous. A few concerns were raised: 

  • “Current county financial literacy standard is embedded into the social studies curriculum, meaning that students are ‘exposed’ to financial literacy through one unit. However, there is no requirement of demonstrated knowledge.” 

  • “Currently the county expects that students will eventually learn financial literacy in college so it isn’t taught in high school, but oftentimes college students do not learn it, despite their increased independence. This leaves too much work for the individual to do themselves and a lack of necessary support for them.”

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