Ensuring Every High School Graduate is Equipped for Financial Success
Delaware is falling behind. Shockingly, only 6% of high school students in our state are required to take a semester-long Personal Finance course, compared to the national average of 53%. This staggering gap in financial education is not just an academic concern – it’s a social justice and equity issue that demands our immediate attention.
Financial Literacy Matters
House Bill 203, championed by Rep. Jeff Hilovsky, R-Millsboro, mandates that high school students, starting with those entering 9th Grade in the 2025-2026 academic year, complete a half-credit course in financial literacy for graduation.
In the 25 states without statewide Personal Finance graduation requirements, the statistics are alarming. For instance, in schools with over 75% Black and Hispanic student populations, only 7% of students are guaranteed a Personal Finance course before graduation, compared to 14.2% in schools with less than 25% Black and Hispanic students.
Financial illiteracy poses serious threats to our state’s well-being. It can lead to unemployment, stress, and, in extreme cases, even suicide. Failing to teach our youth sound financial decision-making not only dims their potential but also impacts our state’s economy. That’s why House Bill 203 is crucial. This legislation ensures that every Delaware student has equal and guaranteed access to a personal finance course in high school. Research consistently shows that students with access to high-quality financial education experience better financial outcomes as adults, leading to less debt and a higher quality of life.
Comprehensive Financial Literacy Education
Join The Movement
Delaware cannot lag behind neighboring states any longer. We must commit to ensuring every public high school student is guaranteed access to at least one semester of personal finance instruction.
Join us in championing the cause of financial education by adding your signature to our petition. Together, let’s ensure that every student receives the crucial financial knowledge they need for a successful future.
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Financial Literacy Empowers Communities
Personal finance is an impactful and easy-to-implement course with strong demand from students, parents, and the Delaware public. 83% of Delaware voters said a personal finance course should be guaranteed and 91% believe it is an urgent need.
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