Financial Education For High School Students In MD | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Financial Education For High School Students In MD

Play associated audio
Aaron Moore stops for a moment between classes at Overlea High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He’s the state president of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Cathy Duchamp
Aaron Moore stops for a moment between classes at Overlea High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He’s the state president of the Future Business Leaders of America.

By Cathy Duchamp

Maryland state lawmakers will consider a bill this week to make financial literacy a high school graduation requirement.

High school senior Aaron Moore is a freak, in a good way.

"I keep an Excel worksheet of everything I spend, what I have in savings. So I can tell you by looking at my computer what I have in every account that I have, what I have in my wallet at the moment, and what I plan to have," says Moore.

Moore is in a finance career track program at Baltimore's Overlea High School. He plans to tell Maryland lawmakers that all students should be schooled on the importance of credit scores and the dangers of finance charges by the time they graduate:

"If everybody has the knowledge they need, then they'll be able to avoid financial tragedy, like foreclosure and credit card debt and that in the end helps everybody," he says.

A big issue for lawmakers- how to pay for such a course. Virginia last month decided to delay its financial literacy education requirement until next year because of budget issues.

NPR

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
NPR

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
NPR

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The Senate is expected to pass the measure this week. It would expand government programs and provide funds for vets who are unable to access VA services to see private doctors.
NPR

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.