Irony Makes The World Go ‘Round: “Budget impasse frustrates preparation for financial literacy course requirement”

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If Rep. Craig Horn could literally step back and truly listen to what he says in this article in the Carolina Journal, then he just might have an idea of what it is like to be the public school system in North Carolina for the past eight years.

Rep. Craig Horn, R-Union, said the financial literacy course requirement doesn’t need the budget to be law. But without a budget, implementing the requirement will be more difficult.

“The bottom line is we can limp along with the financial literacy requirement, but it would be very challenging and possibly impossible for some [school districts],” Horn said. “Many of our public high schools already offer a financial literacy course, and they could enroll more students in the course.”

But, Horn said, that could put a significant burden on the state’s teaching corps, as the state lacks enough qualified teachers to implement the requirement in every public high school.

Horn said some financial institutions across the state have indicated a willingness to help provide training, funds, or teaching materials for a serious course in financial literacy. But what the law — and the state — really needs is a budget, Horn said.

“The lack of an enacted budget is devastating to our state and our future,” Horn said. “The governor and the General Assembly must set aside political differences and get the budget bill into law.”

Says the man who allowed for a budget last summer to be passed through a committee so that no amendments or debate could take place.