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Published February 08, 2011, 03:05 PM

ND Bill Would Teach Personal Finance Earlier

North Dakota high schoolers have to be taught financial literacy. Now a Bismarck legislator wants the instruction to start earlier.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota high schoolers have to be taught financial literacy. Now a Bismarck legislator wants the instruction to start earlier.

Republican Dave Weiler (WY'-lur) is proposing a bill that would require teaching personal finance concepts at least once in sixth, seventh or eighth grade. Students would learn to budget and avoid debt.

Two years ago, lawmakers approved the same requirement for high school students. Weiler wants to extend the legislation to middle schools.

Opponents told the North Dakota House Education Committee on Tuesday that teachers don't have room for more mandates on their curriculum.

State school official Linda Paluck says every teaching requirement means skipping a lesson on something else.

Some legislators say personal finance instruction could be included in social studies or math classes.

The bill is HB1412.

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