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With the kids back in school and the fall season of credit union D.C. fly-ins underway, I figure now is a good time to talk about what should be a top state legislative priority of all credit unions in the year ahead.

According to a 2022 survey by the Council for Economic Education, there are only 17 states that require high school students to take a specific financial education course to graduate and another eight states that give educators flexibility to integrate it with other subjects. This is too low a number. This means that too many students across the nation are not learning basic skills and concepts with which they will have to deal their entire adult lives. This ignorance has serious and negative consequences for the nation in general and financial institutions in particular.

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