Title 17. Education

Chapter 1. General School Law

Part III. Public Schools and School Children

Subpart D-1. Permitted Courses of Study


17:282.3        Personal financial education; instruction


A. The legislature recognizes that young people must obtain the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to manage their personal finances and obtain general financial literacy. Education in personal financial management helps prepare students for the workforce and for financial independence by developing a sense of individual responsibility and improving life skills, as well as a thorough understanding of consumer economics. Financial education integrates instruction in valuable life skills with instruction in economics, including income and taxes, money management, investment and spending, and the importance of personal savings. 


B. (1) Each public elementary or secondary school shall offer instruction in personal financial management based on the concept of achieving financial literacy through the teaching of personal management skills and the basic principles involved with earning, spending, saving, and investing. Such instruction and subject matter shall be integrated into an existing course of study. 


(2) The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall adopt necessary rules and guidelines to ensure the proper implementation of this Section and any city, parish, or other local public school board offering such instruction shall do so in accordance with such rules and guidelines. 


C. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall establish and maintain a clearinghouse for instructional materials and information regarding model financial education programs and best practices. 


Added by Acts 2001, No. 681, § 1, eff. June 25, 2001. Amended by Acts 2016, No. 624, § 1.