Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says the recent economic recession is a good reason to require financial literacy be a part of the high-school curriculum statewide, and he plans to push legislation requiring the change -- a move opposed by some lawmakers and educators wary of another mandate on teachers. A draft curriculum from the state Department of Education instead sets learning targets, such as teaching students to define loans and interest by the end of fifth grade, but gives educators control over how to include the lessons.

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