The state Department of Education wants to delay a new requirement that all high school students get a half-year course in personal financial literacy.

The requirement was set to take effect in 2011.  But a new state law also creates a pesonal financial literacy three-year pilot program.  The DOE is asking the state Board of Education to delay the new high school requirement until 2013 so that the pilot program can be implemented and reviewed.

The law called for six districts to be in the pilot program, but a DOE memo to the state Board of Education said the response was so strong they are expanding it to 10 districts, spread across the state.

Locall, Bridgeton, and Greater Egg Harbor Regional (Oakcrest and Absegami High Schools) have been chosen for the pilot project along with Cherry Hill,  Elizabeth, Ewing Township, Westfield, Northern Warren Regional, Paterson, Burling County Special Services, and  Phillipsburg.

The districts have until April 1 to accept. Each district will get a $500 grant to to assist in helping develop the programs.

The state Board is expected to discuss the proposed change at its meeting Wednesday.