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Fitch wants financial literacy taught in all schools

Lynn Fitch speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Lynn Fitch speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Mississippi's state treasurer would like to see schools teaching more than the traditional reading, writing and 'rithmetic...she wants financial literacy to be part of the curriculum as well. Lynn Fitch says the state should mandate the teaching of financial literacy in high school.

She made those comments during a monthly meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday.

She says only 10 states require classes in finance in public schools and she'd like Mississippi to follow their lead.

"I think that's something we have neglected," Fitch said. "Many schools do it and do it very well, but we don't do it across the board and so many of these children are never exposed to financial literacy. So, I think as we make that an initiative, a priority, we outreach to those children and we make them better citizens ultimately, better and more well-informed, as they go into what ever career they might choose," she said.

Fitch's office has also returned $7 million dollars in unclaimed properties to individuals, families and businesses in the last six months.

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