WASHINGTON -- Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Tuesday urged a special advisory council to dig deep as it crafts recommendations for improving Americans' financial literacy though education and training programs, arguing that personal finance should be integrated early into the curriculum as a core subject.

Speaking here at the Treasury Department, Duncan was addressing the Advisory Council on Financial Capability that President Obama convened in January 2010 in response to the perception that far too many people lack the requisite financial planning skills to handle their money wisely and invest responsibly for their future.

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