HOUSE MEMORIAL 70
49th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2009
Patricia A. Lundstrom
REQUESTING THE INDIAN EDUCATION DIVISION OF THE PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO DEVELOP FINANCIAL LITERACY CONTENT STANDARDS AND BENCHMARKS AND MODEL CURRICULA.
WHEREAS, the public education department has content standards and benchmarks for the economics strand of social studies, and they are suitably thorough for a high school graduate to understand the basics of economics, probably even more than the general population; and
WHEREAS, the strand requires students to understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems, including the market economy, on individuals, families, businesses, communities and governments; and
WHEREAS, as vital as that understanding is, students also need to know basic consumer mathematics and information such as how to balance a checkbook, how to compute interest rates on loans, how to fill out a tax return and how to budget; and
WHEREAS, basic consumer skills are particularly important in areas where payday loans and other high-interest consumer borrowing services are common, such as in the areas near the Navajo Nation; and
WHEREAS, the Indian education division has expertise in community outreach that can benefit enrollment; and
WHEREAS, students need to learn how to save money and how to develop a healthy relationship with money so as not to be swept away by debt; and
WHEREAS, financial institutions would be very happy to help develop financial literacy standards, benchmarks and curricula and to volunteer in classrooms;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the Indian education division of the public education department be requested to develop financial literacy standards and benchmarks and model curricula; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the department consult with school districts, financial institutions and other experts in the development of financial literacy standards and benchmarks and model curricula; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the department report to the legislative education study committee by October 31, 2009; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the secretary of public education and the director of the legislative education study committee.
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