UPDATED 9:18 AM PT – Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed a bill to require all high school students to take a financial literacy class before graduation. The legislation is aimed at ensuring high school students in the Sunshine State are prepared to manage their finances in the future.
During a press conference on Tuesday, DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1054, also known as the Dorothy L. Hukill Financial Literacy Act, at the Innovation Preparatory Academy in Pasco County, Florida.
Governor DeSantis signs bill requiring all Florida high school students to fulfill a financial literacy class before graduation. https://t.co/SBurjOlNgq
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 22, 2022
The bill requires high school students to earn one half credit in a financial literacy course in order to receive a standard high school diploma. The legislation is also aimed at helping young Floridians be better prepared for economic challenges when they enter the work force.
Florida Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera was also in attendance Tuesday and stressed the bill was critical to set students up for success in the future. The legislation will officially become a graduation requirement for students who enter high school in the 2023-2024 school year and will not affect students currently enrolled in high school.