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QPS teaching financial literacy district wide

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Financial literacy courses are now mandated in Illinois. Financial literacy courses are now mandated in Illinois.
Wiley said she sees value in the course. Wiley said she sees value in the course.
Consumer Ed is now mandatory for all high school students. Consumer Ed is now mandatory for all high school students.
Withiem said he thinks the course will save students money in the long run. Withiem said he thinks the course will save students money in the long run.
The district is implementing the course in its elementary schools, junior high, and high school. The district is implementing the course in its elementary schools, junior high, and high school.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

College debt across the country totals to $1.4 trillion according to Experian but, students across the state of Illinois are now getting a new lesson to help curb that trend.

Daisha Wiley is a senior at Quincy Senior High School. She said on Thursday that she's been learning valuable lessons in her Consumer Ed course.

"How to go to college, and how to pay for your tuition, books, and all that stuff without being in debt." Wiley said.

That's because new standards for schools across Illinois involve making financial literacy a mandatory subject for students. Teacher Chris Withiem said it makes sure students know what they're getting into financially, before they get buried in debt.

"We're seeing people come out with 10, 15, 20 thousand dollars in extra debt from college, not including their tuition." Withiem said. "So I think its going to save them a lot of money in the long run."

That's what district officials are hoping for. Quincy Public Schools is partnering with Junior Achievement, and Michaela Fray of the curriculum, instruction, and assessment department said they hope the new courses will teach students district wide about the importance of smart financial decision making. 

"We want them to be successful in life." Fray said. "And we do not want them to leave Quincy Public Schools and engage in credit card debt. We want them to be able to leave, be successful citizens."  

Students like Wiley said they see value in making sure everyone learns fiscal responsibility.

"Everybody wants save money and not be broke, so this would be a good class because it teaches you how not to be broke, and that's like solving the problem." Wiley said.

The district plans to continue implementing the program district wide, so that by the time students graduate high school, they can avoid making costly mistakes.

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