North Carolina votes for personal finance classes in schools

June 27, 2019 - 4:28 pm

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Despite some objections from teachers, a bill requiring North Carolina teachers to teach a full-credit economics and personal finance class cleared the final hurdle in the state's General Assembly.

The House voted 73-38 on Thursday to approve the bill, sending the measure to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature.

A spokeswoman for Cooper said he will review it before making a decision.

Currently high schoolers must take a full-credit civics and economics course, which splits class time between the two subjects. Students must also take two U.S. history classes to graduate.

Teachers against the bill say that a full-credit personal finance course is unnecessary and takes away instructional time for U.S. history. Bill supporters argue that financial literacy is crucial for student success.

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