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Classes put power of money in students’ hands

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BATON ROUGE — Supporters of the state’s new career-track diploma law believe it can keep more high school students from dropping out while readying them for jobs in manufacturing and the petrochemical industries.

But the law also includes another difference-maker — an option that lets public school students take financial literacy as one of their required math courses.

“I really feel that this is probably the most effective thing that can be done to help people and empower them to make good decisions that would affect them for the rest of their lives,” Robert Taylor, chief executive officer of the Louisiana Bankers

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