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TCEE President Laura Ewing interviewed by KERA for an article on financial literacy education in Texas

Media Coverage of Bellaire High School’s Win at the National Economics Challenge

Steve Liesman, CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, emceed the Council for Economic Education’s National Economics Challenge championship rounds in NYC. The Challenge was aired on CNBC.com, CNBC’s Power LunchSquawk Boxand was featured on PBS’s Nightly Business Report.  Here are highlights from the coverage:


PBS’s Nightly Business Report highlighted the Challenge and winning teams. View Video >>>

CNBC.com and MSN.com: Winners of the National Economics Challenge. View Video >>>

Huffington Post and Yahoo! Finance shared the National Economics Challenge Finals, Adam Smith Division, Round 2. View Video >>>

CNBC traveled to Carmel, Indiana to meet the Carmel High School Team. The segment showcased how the students’ prepped for the competition and what it means to be a part of the Challenge. Read the Article and View the Video >>>

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Region 4 Workshop: Real World, Relevant Lessons in Personal Finance for High School Students

Teaching Personal Financial Literacy during high school is an important springboard for sending students into the world. This session will provide key lessons that meet the senior economics course, one semester Personal Financial Literacy social studies elective, and CTE financial math course’s Personal Financial Literacy TEKS. Experience the hands-on, real world, relevant lessons that you can use in expanding students’ knowledge. Take away a VE4.5 pin drive with 1400 lessons.

Resources for Teaching Personal Financial Literacy
Session ID: 1238384
Date: July 25, 2016
Credit: 6 CPE
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Registration Fee: $50.
For full workshop details, contact socialstudies@esc4.net.

Register online at www.esc4.net/socialstudies



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Spotlight on: The Texas Jump$tart Coalition

TCEE is a Texas Jump$tart Coalition Board Member

The Texas Jump$tart Coalition is a nonprofit organization that connects diverse financial education champions together to prepare Texas youth for lifelong financial success.

The coalition works to:

  • Raise public awareness of personal financial education for Texas youth;
  • Promote financial literacy efforts in Texas;
  • Serve as a resource in Texas for legislators, educators and other parties interested in financial literacy; and
  • Ensure Texas youth are equipped to make informed personal financial decisions.

The Texas Jump$tart Coalition also is an affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.


The Texas Jump$tart Coalition is in a rebuilding year—working with a strong group of volunteer officers and board members. (Pictured below.)

2016 initiatives for the Texas Jump$tart Coalition include:

  • Network with other Jump$tart Coalitions to identify best practices.
  • Create a new, active, and current Texas Jump$tart website.
  • Build communication across existing Texas partners.
  • Support the Jump$tart National Educators Conference Nov, 5-7 in Dallas.
  • Recruit more state partners to further build the coalition.


  • Sponsors for teachers scholarships to attend the Jump$tart National Educators conference in November.
  • Public, private, corporate or personal companies as sponsors or partners for Texas Jump$tart.


Kellie Haayer, President
Texas Jump$tart Coalition


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A Fire Chief on a mission

True or false. Car crashes are the number one cause of death for teen drivers? It’s true. In 2014, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, there were 77,399 vehicle crashes in Texas involving teen drivers.

A Texas Fire Chief has seen this reality up close and personal.

“Every firefighter dreads responding to vehicle crashes involving teens. What a senseless feeling it is to witness death or severe injury that will change that young person’s life forever!” The Woodlands Township Chief Alan Benson said. “Anything public safety can do to decrease vehicle crashes would be a win-win-win for teens, families, and our community.”

Montgomery County has the highest number of DUI-related crashes in Texas

So, Chief Benson set about on a mission to save teen drivers’ lives.

A Fire Chief on a mission

To reduce distracted-driving, Chief Benson partnered with the Montgomery County Emergency Communication District. Together, they asked State Farm to help them establish a new program to provide teens with a hands-on experience in a controlled environment. A grant from State Farm would allow the purchase of three pedal karts and a trailer to store and transport them to local high schools and community events.

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Bellaire HS Economics Challenge Team In National Play-Offs May 20-22, 2016

Michael Clark, Bellaire HS (Houston ISD), is leading students to the national Economics Challenge for the 10th time May 20 to 22, 2016.  The students are competing in the Adam Smith division of the Econ Challenge which is the division for students in advanced classes. Bellaire HS_Adam Smith_2016The students began the competition on their home campuses.  Each team has four students, and they take tests on micro, macro and international economics online.  The students test individually and then their top three scores are averaged to provide the team score. The Bellaire team placed first in the Texas Econ Challenge and then competed in a regional competition.  The Bellaire team placed in the top four regionally so that they will now compete in NYC. Clark is not new to the national competion.  His students have placed in the national championship now 10 times.  After winning the national Adam Smith Econ Challenge in 2014, he decided to not compete in this division in 2015. Although his students had won first in Texas for the Finance Challenge for many years, the Bellaire team won first place nationally for the first time in 2015.   TCEE is Texas proud of Bellaire’s winning team and winning teacher!!!

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2016 Houston Money Week Art Contest Winners

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CSISD’s Shray Jain, InvestWrite State Winner Visits with Rep. Bill Flores

TCEE President Laura Ewing with Shray Jain and Rep. Bill Flores

TCEE President Laura Ewing with Shray Jain and Rep. Bill Flores

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Congressperson Bill Flores visited with the students at College Station ISD who represented him in the Capitol​ Hill Challenge.

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