Louisiana makes six! Before Act 154 was passed by the 2018 regular session of the Louisiana Legislature, there were only five states in the United States that required a personal finance course for high school graduation: Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Thompson and Representative Gene Reynolds, makes personal financial management a requirement in public elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The instruction must include the following components: income, money management, spending and credit, and saving and investing. Starting in 2019, all ninth graders enrolled in public school will be required to take these courses in order to graduate.