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State Leaders Urging Kansas School Districts To Focus On Financial Literacy

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A Wichita-based state education leader has launched a new effort to get school districts to ramp up their financial literacy curriculum. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports. 

GOP state board of education member Jim McNiece of Wichita joined forces with the chairman of the Kansas House Education Committee to urge school districts to teach financial literacy.

McNiece and Republican State Representative Ron Highland signed a joint letter on why financial literacy is an essential part of a sound education.

It’s going out to local school board presidents and superintendents.

They're urging districts to teach financial literacy instead of seeking a mandate. They said the state board and the House Committee would monitor districts' efforts.

Last year the House Education Committee sponsored a bill that made a personal financial literacy program a requirement for high school graduation.

It passed the House but later died in a Senate committee.

Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.