Ohio Treasurer Plugs New Financial Literacy Effort

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Ohio's treasurer has launched a new state program that he says brings government and business together to help high-schoolers meet the state's new financial literacy requirements.

Republican Josh Mandel announced the Financial Edge program at Columbus Downtown High School on Tuesday.

Through a public-private partnership, the effort provides free downloadable course materials, an online resource library and interactive programs and games to help districts meet the mandate kicking in for this year's graduates. Mandel said urban school systems will be the first to use the new program.

He told high-schoolers gathered for Tuesday's launch that financial literacy will allow them to avoid excessive debt and predatory lending schemes.

A 2007 state law gives high schools flexibility to incorporate financial education into the curriculum.