- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Senators have advanced a measure to ramp up personal finance lessons for high school students.

The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve Holladay Democrat Sen. Pat Jones‘ proposal.

Utah high school students have been required to take classes on budgeting and basic economics since 2009. But advocates say teachers haven’t been trained well enough to teach the classes, so students don’t take them seriously.

Bill proponents say not enough people know how to balance a checkbook, make investments or decide on insurance.

Jones says students often take the classes online in order to accommodate busy schedules. She says the virtual lessons have mixed results.

The measure would put $500,000 toward training teachers and related costs.

The measure goes to the House for consideration.



SB 40: http://1.usa.gov/1dI9GY3