A group of Iowa teachers took part in conference in Des Moines Thursday and Friday on “financial literacy.” Debra Moore, a spokesperson for the “Jump$tart Coalition” that’s sponsoring the conference, says the teachers will take what they’ve learned back to their students.She says they’ll try to help students learn about credit issues, I-R-A’s, insurance issues, different finances they’ll have to face as they finish school. Moore says the coalition of financial groups got together to sponsor the conference after seeing the scores of Iowa students on a financial test. She says the students scored near the top, but she says the score overall was about 54-percent — still a failing grade. She says the nationwide score was 52-percent, so there’s a lot to be taught. Moore says some 70 teachers are taking part. She says the teachers are eligible for credit for participating. She says they have a good mix of urban and rural schools.
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