In recent months, Bryan High School approved a new Graduation Requirement stating that students entering high school in the class of 2024 and beyond must complete, and pass, a semester of Personal Finance. The idea for this newly approved requirement was aided by feedback from local businesses, employers, and the community regarding the skill sets our students need in order to be successful in today’s world.
In conjunction with this new graduation requirement, Business Teacher Nathan Keel and Director of Secondary Education Mark Rairigh applied for a Next Generation Personal Finance (NGPF) grant to supplement and help build the Personal Finance course and curriculum. They were awarded the grant, which amounts to $10,000.
Grant monies were being awarded to districts who were implementing Personal Finance as a new graduation requirement for the first time.
In part with the grant money, both Nathan Keel and Mark Rairigh will get to attend the 3rd annual Changemaker Summit hosted in San Francisco, California. According to the NGPF, "the Changemaker Summit brings together 91 personal finance educators and administrators from high schools in 28 states who are all working to achieve the Gold Standard in personal finance education in their schools and districts. As part of Mission:2030, schools achieving the Gold Standard ensure that all students take a semester-long personal finance class prior to crossing that graduation stage. These schools, through their actions, believe that all students deserve a financial education that will allow them to thrive in their future lives beyond high school."
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to host such a talented and passionate group of educators for our 3rd Annual Changemaker Summit,” said Tim Ranzetta, co-founder of Next Gen Personal Finance. “While 90% of students and parents believe that personal finance should be taught in high school, only 16% currently get it. This inspiring group of Changemakers will close that gap.”
Both Mark Rairigh and Nathan Keel are excited for the opportunities this will bring to students at Bryan High School. Mr. Keel, who teaches Personal Finance, stated: "these grant funds will open many doors for our students to become more engaged in the curriculum and will help create learning opportunities that they can apply to their daily and professional lives."
The new Personal Finance graduation requirement will begin at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.