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Five Kentucky Universities partner with State Treasurer Allison Ball Partners to support Financial Empowerment for K-12 Teachers and Students


June 1, 2018– Northern Kentucky University joins with economic educators across the state to launch the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth (CFLC). NKU partnered with Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Murray State University and the University of Kentucky to form the CFLC to combine resources to teach personal finance, entrepreneurship and economics throughout Kentucky.

This move is in response to Kentucky House Bill 132, passed on April 2, 2018, that requires a financial literacy course as a high school graduation requirement. The Kentucky Board of Education will establish academic standards for the financial literacy course and “develop curricula, materials, and guidelines which may be used by schools for the financial literacy course.”

“Engaging university faculty members to provide financial literacy training for K-12 teachers is not a new initiative. Most of the professors involved in the CFLC have been serving as a resource for decades,” said Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani, NKU’s director of the Center for Economic Education and an associate professor of Economics. “The Coalition will allow us to work together to better support Kentucky educators.”

CFLC will present its first profession development event for teachers in conjunction with State Treasurer Allison Ball’s office, the Federal Reserve Bank and business sponsors.

“Off and Running!  Cultivating Creative Thinkers” will offer a centralized conference for K-12 teachers on June 19 at Keeneland in Lexington.  Educators will learn creative and engaging ways to teach real-world applications. Treasurer Ball will be speaking on “Financial Empowerment in Kentucky,” and her Chief of Staff will introduce teachers to the Treasurer’s new Financial Empowerment database.

For more information about the Coalition for Financial Literacy in the Commonwealth, contact Dr. Al-Bahrani at or any of the partner universities involved.


About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit