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Fla. Gov. DeSantis signs bill to require financial literacy courses in high school

Randy Mancini 28 Mar 23
FILE - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Feb. 24, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. Gov. DeSantis is jumping into the conversation about a transgender swimmer who won a collegiate title by declaring the runner up as the real winner. DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring Florida-born Emma Weyant as the winner of the women’s 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA women’s tournament, rather than transgender athlete Lia Thomas. (AP Photo/John Raoux, file)

FILE – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Feb. 24, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, file)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill to require all high school students to take a financial literacy class before graduation. The legislation is aimed at ensuring high school students in the Sunshine State are prepared to manage their finances in the future.

During a press conference on Tuesday, DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1054, also known as the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act, at the Innovation Preparatory Academy in Pasco County, Florida.

Governor DeSantis signs bill requiring all Florida high school students to fulfill a financial literacy class before graduation. https://t.co/SBurjOlNgq

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022

The bill requires high school students to earn one half credit in a financial literacy course in order to receive a standard high school diploma. The legislation is also aimed at helping young Floridians be better prepared for economic challenges when they enter the work force.

Florida Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera was also in attendance Tuesday and stressed the bill was critical to set students up for success in the future. The legislation will officially become a graduation requirement for students who enter high school in the 2023-2024 school year and will not affect students currently enrolled in high school.

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