2013 Indiana General Assembly

Senators endorse requirement to teach cursive handwriting

2013-02-05T17:45:00Z Senators endorse requirement to teach cursive handwritingDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 05, 2013 5:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Hoosier elementary school students may soon find themselves literally minding their P's and Q's after the Indiana Senate voted 36-13 Tuesday to mandate cursive writing instruction.

The Indiana Department of Education dropped its cursive requirement in 2011 in favor of typing instruction. Senate Bill 120, which now goes to the House, restores the cursive requirement.

The sponsor of the proposal, state Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, said studies show the ability to write in cursive is an essential component of a child's cognitive development.

State Sen. Earline Rogers, D-Gary, who voted against the measure, said each school corporation should be allowed to decide on its own whether students need cursive instruction.

A similar measure was approved by the Senate in 2012 but died in the House.

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