Teaching Kids Money Management

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Wichita legislator wants to make financial literacy a requirement for high school graduation in Kansas.

Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, a Democrat, says she's working on a proposal to make sure schools teach children about personal finance from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

McCray-Miller tells The Wichita Eagle that she worries about Americans' increasing debt and their use of payday loans.

A 2003 law already required the State Board of Education to develop guidelines for lesson plans on financial literacy and to help school districts start programs.

But a department survey showed most teachers still don't deal with the topic. Board Member Carol Rupe, a Wichita Republican, says no one seems to "own'' the topic.

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