Montana Ed Board requires civics, finances for graduation

High school students will need civics and financial literacy classes for graduation under new accreditation standards approved by the Montana Board of Public Education.

The revisions were initially expected to be completed at a meeting in November, however the board opted to extend the revision timeline to allow more discussion on a handful of rules. Now, the board will vote to adopt the new standards in March.

“We wanted to go spend some more time considering, directing, probably a bit more research and pull more people together,” said Tim Tharp, who chairs the board’s accreditation committee.

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The Office of Public Instruction recommended the board take on those two new areas for graduation requirements. Gov. Greg Gianforte also urged the board to add civics and personal finances courses as well.

“This is an important thing that I’ve heard as I’ve traveled the state, that we want our young people to understand how to save for the future and how to balance a checkbook, and just the basics of personal finance,” Gianforte said last week. “That’s lacking in some schools, that’s why we believe it should be a requirement for high

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