Re: Request financial literacy curriculum at PAUSD high schools
Dear Superintendent and Education Committee,
We need financial education in classrooms today more than ever. Millions of Americans are in debt and more than half are living paycheck-to-paycheck. In our school district, high school students are studying calculus, advanced chemistry, and US history; but most are not learning fundamental money lessons to help them financially navigate the real world. According to a Sallie Mae study, 84 percent of students said they need more education on financial management topics. We want this!
To break this cycle, we must take action. In 2013, I created The Financial Literacy for Youth (FLY) project, www.financialliteracyforyouth.org. The FLY project aims to inspire interest in personal finance and promote financial responsibility among youth. The project has partnered with financial education service providers, non- profit organizations and community leaders to design and deliver money management program to students.
In addition, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 166, which requires financial literacy to be taught in schools in California. This means that our students will be taught important basic skills such as budgeting, managing credit, student loans, consumer debt, and protecting themselves from identity theft.
As a concerned student and constituent of Palo Alto, I am writing you today to urge you to incorporate financial education into our high school curriculum. Doing so not only benefits the students, but also helps strengthen the community by creating responsible, contributing citizens.
However I did not just come to you with a problem. I am here to offer a partial solution. Recently I have learned that Pathway to Financial Success, www.pathwaytofinancialsuccess.org, is providing grants to schools that implement financial education into the curriculum. I am happy to work with PAUSD to apply for funding or decide on a curriculum and training for teachers.
Please help our students learn how to make good financial decisions, so future generations can succeed and have brighter financial futures. We cannot afford not to.
Gunn High School student