2014 to bring new push for required financial literacy instruction, says Treasurer Lynn Fitch

There’s always next year, says Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch of her campaign to require financial literacy training in the state’s public schools.

The effort gained easy passage in the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate, a circumstance she thinks could be related to a misconception that financial literacy is already widely taught in Mississippi schools.

“Sen. Gray Tollison (chair of the Senate Education Committee) mentioned the reason he did not support it is because it’s already being taught,” Fitch said. “But under current law it’s an option, not a required class.”

Next year lawmakers should be better acquainted with the issue and more willing to examine its merits, the first-term state treasurer said in an email this week.