State lawmakers trying, again, to require cursive


A fourth grade student writes a paragraph about sledding in cursive Friday at Northeast Elementary School. State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require public and accredited nonpublic schools to teach cursive writing to elementary students. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

At least 15 minutes of every day in a Northwood Elementary School third-grade classroom is spent practicing cursive writing, but that isn’t the case in every local school.

Elementary school teachers at Franklin, Center Grove and Greenwood schools all have cursive writing lessons they can use with their students, but it’s often left up to teachers whether they teach cursive.

Teachers have to make sure they have enough time to strengthen students’ reading, writing and math skills so they can pass ISTEP, IREAD3 and other mandatory exams. So cursive writing often is the first lesson dropped from class, school officials said.

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