Bill would require schools to teach cursive writing

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Indiana Department of Education’s mandate that schools are no longer required to teach cursive writing may not be written in stone after all.

Today, the Indiana Senate’s Education Committee is set to hear a bill newly filed by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg; and Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, that would again require the teaching of cursive writing in public schools and accredited private elementary schools.

The DOE informed schools in April 2011 that cursive writing was no longer required in the CORE curriculum. Keyboarding skills took the place of cursive writing in the standards.

Local educators have surprisingly diverse opinions on the issue.

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