Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Licensure Regulations for School Personnel [8 VAC 20 ‑ 23]
Action Establish an Add-on Endorsement in the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8VAC20-23) to Teach Economics and Personal Finance
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 4/15/2022
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4/15/22  2:21 pm
Commenter: Fletcher Mangum, Mangum Economics

Strongly support the add on endorsement

Virginia is one of a handful of states that require students to demonstrate economic literacy as well as a knowledge of personal finance in order to graduate from high school. Economic literacy is the best vaccine we have against magical thinking and it prepares students to participate in our democratic process as informed decision makers.

The add on endorsement will ensure that Virginia students are able to learn economics from a qualified teacher. Virginia teachers are among the best, but many of them do not have a background in economics and even more are unfamiliar the pedagogy associated with successfully conveying economic concepts to students. This add on endorsement will further ensure that Virginia students receive the best education we can provide them in a subject area that is critical, not only to their success, but to our success as a civil society.

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