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Financial literacy may soon be a graduation requirement at all Washington high schools [Video]

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A bill would require all high school students in Washington to take a financial literacy course in order to graduate.

PUYALLUP, Wash. — All Washington high schools are currently required to offer financial literacy education, but it is not required for students to take the class to graduate. 

But if a bill making its way through the legislative session in Olympia passes into law, that would change.  

“I think this is a really great way that we can prepare students to make some of the really, really big first financial decisions in a responsible way,” said Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla.

Rep. Rude is the sponsor of HB 1915, which would make financial literacy a statewide requirement for graduation. The bill has already passed through the House and passed a Senate Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

“So much groundwork has already been laid, the curriculum is available, teacher training is available,” said Rude. “The Superintendent of Public Instruction already …

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