New legislation in Harrisburg looks to get kids thinking about their personal finances in school.
The unanimously approved Senate Bill 723 encourages public schools to offer a personal finance course. If they do, the credit could be applied towards a math, social studies, or a family and consumer sciences requirement.
"We need to play a bigger role in personal finance than I would have thought in the past," said Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of the Bethlehem Area School District.
Especially considering the growing financial burdens placed on young adults.
The bill is aimed at helping low income students whose parents may not be knowledgeable about finance.
"There are studies that show as many as half of high schoolers graduate not knowing how to write a check, or balance a bank account," Rep. Mike Schlossberg said.
However, Dr. Roy cautioned that these courses should not be used as a way for students to get around harder courses.
"That's a tradeoff I don't think we need to make," he said.
The bill will now be sent down to the House for a vote, where it is expected to continue its bi-partisan appeal.
"The more aware people are of financial resources, the better adults they can become," Schlossberg said.