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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back-to-school shopping sprees are a thing of the past

USA Today – Kaitlyn Krasselt

“Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time as they search for the best deals.” (more)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Study Supports Getting Onboard With Financial Literacy Education

The Huffington Post – Mary Johnson

“Recent news that Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt the Council for Economic Education’s National Standards for Financial Literacy is an encouraging development, and hopefully other states will similarly follow suit.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

STEM Jobs Pay Well But Take Twice As Long To Fill

Fox & Hounds – Courtney M. Fowler

“STEM jobs hold the promise of consistently low unemployment rates and high salaries, yet finding people skilled enough to fill vacancies has been increasingly difficult in recent years…interest in STEM fields must be supported not only in higher education, but all the way through elementary schooling.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Mantra for K-12 Philanthropy: First, Do No Harm

Education Week – Frederick M. Hess

“Around the country, cities already spend a lot of money per pupil—more than private schools, in many instances—with not much to show for it…More money can actually make it tougher to change stagnating school systems…For new dollars to help, they need to put troubled systems on a different trajectory entirely.” (more)

The Financial Literacy Gap Costs College Graduates Thousands

Forbes – Robert Farrington

“A recent study highlighted the huge gap in financial literacy among American students…With the push for American students to go to college and spend thousands of dollars on their education, the financial literacy gap leads many students to make painful early mistakes with their money…these problems can follow them throughout their lives.” (more)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Best Places for STEM Graduates

NerdWallet – SREEKAR JASTHI

“In today’s economy, knowledge in the STEM fields has become incredibly lucrative. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for a STEM job is $79,395 — nearly 71% higher than the national annual average wage…Over the past couple of decades, some cities in the U.S. have become more attractive to STEM graduates for a variety of reasons.” (more)

5 Ways to Teach Kids About Money at the Grocery Store

The New York Times – Ron Lieber

“One of the most important lessons for children to learn about money is the difference between wants and needs, but it’s not the kind of thing that you can just impart over the dinner table…Families tend to shop for food more than any other item, so having a series of want-need conversations at the grocery store is a fine idea.” (more)

Cyclists Hit the Road for STEM Education

PR Newswire – Staff Writer

“To raise funds and awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, AFCEA International staff members organized Cycle for STEM, a six-day adventure from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. Pedaling 335 miles, 10 cyclists raised more than $32,000 for STEM scholarships and grants that support both students and STEM teachers.” (more)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Study: US Teens Can’t Make Sense of Dollars and Cents

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“In a 2012 assessment, US students turned in a lackluster understanding of financial matters while their Chinese peers stood tall…Many are worried about the implications resulting from the exam as financial literacy is increasingly becoming an “essential life skill.”” (more)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

U.S. states greet new fiscal year with more spending, school funding

Reuters – Staff Writer

“Days before most U.S. states’ new fiscal year begins, 40 states have passed budgets that boost spending and dedicate extra funding primarily for education, according to a brief released on Friday by the National Association of State Budget Officers.” (more)