High school students may get financial lit test-out option

SALT LAKE CITY — High school student could test out of required financial literacy classes under a bill the House passed Thursday.

Originally, HB156 called for the elimination of the class but was amended in committee to allow students to meet the graduation requirement by passing a test.

Bill sponsor Merlynn Newbold, R-South Jordan, said in her discussions with students many of them told her it was difficult to fit the financial lit into their class schedules. It is the most popular online course in the school system, with about 5,6000 student taking it each year, she said.

The primary purpose of HB156 is to remove sections of state code that are obsolete, unenforced and unfunded, Newbold said.

“I think the Education Committee has scoured this bill quite well,” she said.

The measure now moves to the Senate.

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