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In conjunction with the announcement, Education Secretary Paige announced a $250,000 grant to the Jump$tart Coalition. The grant will fund a project aimed at improving youth financial knowledge. CUNA recently filled a seat on the Jump$tart board with its Vice President and Senior Legislative Counsel Gary Kohn. The project seeks to: 1. Improve student achievement on the 2004 Jump$tart Personal Finance Survey; 2. Increase the number of states that require personal finance education; 3. Increase the number of education materials being evaluated and listed in the Jump$tart Clearinghouse; 4. Increase the number of persons accessing the Jump$tart Clearinghouse; and 5. Promote Jump$tart’s National Standards in Personal Finance for inclusion in the standards for other disciplines, such as math, economics and business. Jump$tart Coalition is a group of 140 national organizations working for greater awareness of the importance of financial education.

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