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5/2016     Tennessee Ledger article -  Tennessee leads the nation in bankruptcies; Can financial literacy courses for children turn that around?

4/2016    Governor Haslam Declares April 2016 as Financial Literacy Month

2012        Financial Literacy Leadership Award.  

The Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy was awarded the 2012 Financial Literacy Leadership Award by the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. The award gave recognition for outstanding leadership in Tennessee financial literacy initiatives. Tennessee Jump$tart co-presidents Kristina Canan, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, and Dr. Ann Berry, UT Extension, received the award from Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey at the Commission’s first annual awards program April 10, 2012 at the Tennessee State Capitol.

6/3/11     Tennessee Educators Explore the World of Personal Finance at the Seventh Annual Tennessee Jump$tart Personal Finance Teacher Conferece 

5/1/11      Six Tennessee Teachers Named Tennessee Jump$tart Teacher of the Year

3/24/11     Governor Haslam Declares April 2011 as Financial Literacy Month

9/13/2010     Obama Administration Marks Back to School Season by Launching National Financial Capability Challenge 

Today, the Obama Administration marked back to school season by emphasizing the importance of financial education and launching its National Financial Capability Challenge for the 2010-11 school year. The Challenge is a voluntary online exam and classroom toolkit that helps educators teach high school students about saving, budgeting, investing, the safe use of credit, and other important skills critical to developing strong financial knowledge and capability.


8/26/2010          The Financial Literacy and Education Commission is inviting public comment on its proposed Core Competencies. 

The Department of the Treasury, in its capacity as Chairperson of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (‘‘Commission’’), invites the public to comment on a proposed set of financial education core competencies (‘‘Core Competencies’’). Comments are requested specifically on whether the list of Core Competencies referenced in the Supplementary Section is complete and whether there are portions that should be deleted, revised, or expanded. DATES: Comments should be received on or before September 12, 2010, to be reviewed.


4/10/2010               Governor Bredesen Declares April 2010 as Financial Literacy Month!

Financial Literacy Proclamation from Gov. Bredesen

6/25/09 Tennessee Personal Finance Status in Congressional Testimony
Tennessee's status as a state that requires personal finance as a graduation requirement was included in testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit. Testimony was given by Laura Levine, Executive Director of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.
4/1/09 Financial Literacy for Youth Month Recognized by Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition
The Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy is pictured with a proclamation signed by Governor Phil Bredesen declaring April 2009 as Financial Literacy for Youth Month. The Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition involves organizations from across the state who work collectively to improve the financial literacy of Tennessee's youth.
4/1/09 Tennessee Governor Declares April 2009 Financial Literacy for Youth Month
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed a proclamation recogizing April 2009 as Financial Literacy for Youth Month.
3/11/09 Teaching Kids Financial Literacy
WBUR - Boston's NPR News Source
The Teaching Kids Financial Literacy segment features a Tennessee High School Teacher: Les Greer of Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. WBUR's description of the segment is as follows: Public school students in Tennessee dont just learn how to balance a checkbook, but how to plan for retirement and negotiate a car payment, too. Les Greer, who teaches at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee jois us to review a lesson plan. The radio segment can be heard at the following link then by selecting "Teaching Kids Financial Literacy."
1/15/09 Rossview Students Score High in Financial Literacy Test
The Leaf Chronicle
Students of a teacher who attended and presented at the 2009 Tennessee Jump$tart Conference received high marks on the National Financial Literacy Challenge.
11/4/08 Local banking leaders to discuss financial literacy
Birmingham Business Journal
Tennessee Jump$tart President Jackie Morgan was part of a panel that included Dan Ianicola, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Buffy Murphy, Alabama Jump$tart President, and others. The panel discussion "Financial Literacy for Alabama's Youth: preparing students in K-16 with financial smarts" was conducted during the Alabama Financial Literacy Education Summit. This panel session focused on the importance of teaching youth financial literacy skills to survive and thrive financially. The panel discussion will focus on current financial literacy requirements and programs in classrooms, provide a forum to discuss the challenges and best practices that other states have found when passing financial literacy legislation, provide information on how to obtain approved free & low cost classroom resources, and provide summit attendees an opportunity to voice needs or concerns for their individual community.
4/1/08 Tennessee Governor Declares April Financial Literacy for Youth Month
4/1/08 2008 Tennessee Jump$tart High School Survey Results
9/13/05 TSU center to advise students on finances
The Tennessean
4/1/04 Financial Literacy for Youth Month Photo with Tennessee Governor Bredesen
5/9/03 Initiative Proposed to Improve State Students' Financial Literacy
The Tennessean
Article on presentation made to Tennessee State Board of Education on integrating financial education into existing K-12 curriculum