TOPEKA, KS – Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation on March 23, 2012 declaring the month of April to be Kansas Financial Literacy Month. In attendance with Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack, and supporting the Financial Literacy Month Proclamation were Jim Graham of the Kansas Council for Economic Education & The Jump$tart Coalition, Joan Cabell from the FDIC, Ashley Ferguson of Community Connections, Jim Beley of the State Treasurer’s Office and Brandon Paulseen of Paulseen Financial. The proclamation signed by the Governor states that financial literacy is essential to ensure that Kansans are well prepared to manage money, credit, investments and debt, and that personal financial education among today’s youth will contribute to the financial stability of tomorrow’s workforce and to the prosperity of the Kansas economy.In addition to speaking about the overall benefits of financial literacy education, the Governor recognized Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack for his work promoting access to financial education through his office’s sponsorship of the Kansas Financial Scholars Program. The Financial Scholars Program, which is available at no cost to any Kansas high school, is a 10-module, 6-hour, web based course, designed to facilitate teaching, learning and assessment of personal finance concepts in a format that resonates with today’s learners and educators. The Commissioner’s office will expand access to the program in the fall, for Kansas elementary schools. Educators interested in receiving training to facilitate the program at their school should contact Shannon Stone, Director of Investor Education at the Securities Commissioner’s office. “We are pleased that Governor Brownback has chosen to highlight the importance of financial literacy in this proclamation and believe this will bring greater awareness to our efforts and that of Kansas’ businesses, agencies and the Jump$tart Coalition to empower Kansans to make wise financial decisions,” Commissioner Jack stated.Kansas’ celebration of Financial Literacy Month joins a national effort of businesses, agencies and non-profit organizations to promote personal finance education through a wide variety of programming. To learn more visit: www.JumpstartCoaltion.org The Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner is responsible for registration and regulation of securities offerings and those working in the securities industry; investor education, investigation of illegal securities activities, and prosecution of securities-related crimes. For more information about the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner, go to www.ksc.ks.gov, visit our Facebook page or contact Shannon Stone, Dir. Public Information for KSC.