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Indiana lawmakers want to see mandatory cursive education written into law
MONDAY, DECEMBER 05, 2011 16:47 PM

By now, educators who teach in schools that are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are aware of the fact that cursive is no longer considered to be required learning. However, ABC News reported that schools still have the option of including cursive in their curricula, which is what California and Massachusetts have chosen to do.

State officials in Indiana are not satisfied with having this option alone and would prefer to see lessons on this writing style become mandatory, The Associated Press reported. Indiana senators Tim Skinner and Jean Leising were said to be horrified when they learned that cursive would no longer be required in their state’s schools.

As a result, both Skinner and Leising plan to submit bills that would protect cursive education when the state Senate resumes in 2012, the news source stated. While Chris Collier, Indianapolis Public School administrator, said that cursive is an essential skill, she does not feel that it needs to become law. Similarly, Stephanie Sample, a spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Education, told the news outlet that schools can decide whether or not to teach cursive on a local level.