Two local educators will be tasked with helping improve the financial literacy of school-aged children.
Alex Todd, a business teacher at Elizabethtown High School, and Kendrick Bryan, a social studies teacher at LaRue County High School, have been named to the K-12 Financial Literacy Working Group.
The K-12 Financial Literacy Working Group was created by the Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission, which was created earlier this year by law. The commission’s goal is to improve the financial literacy of Kentuckians and provides support to educators teaching financial literacy.
Todd, who teaches financial literacy at E’town, was instrumental in the passage of a law last year that mandates the completion of a financial literacy course as a high school graduation requirement for freshmen beginning in the 2020-21 school year.
Both laws were originally sponsored and filed by Rep. Jim DuPlessis of Elizabethtown.
The working group goal’s include finding ways to offer credible curriculum, common assessments, and training options anchored by the new Kentucky standards in financial literacy and ensure all curriculum and educational activities are accessible for students with disabilities, gain school district support for training sessions and professional development, identifying a teacher ambassador and confirm commitment from administration to have a teacher ambassador in each of the 172 school districts and enlisting the support of the 120 county extension offices.
Other working group members are Alex Claycomb of Claycomb ACCademy of Financial Literacy; Marcus Rodgers of Taylor County High School; Dan Douglas of Junior Achievement of West Kentucky; Jeff Brokamp of Junior Achievement of OKI Partners; Mary Ann Vimont of the University of Kentucky; Cynthia Harter of Eastern Kentucky University; Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis; Jodi Adams of the Kentucky Department of Education and Edward King of Frost Brown Todd.
The Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission also is responsible for creating methods to educate state government personnel, Kentuckians with disabilities, Kentuckians below the federal poverty level, military veterans and personnel who live in Kentucky and Kentuckians who are retired or at retirement age.