Cursive Writing Bill Back In The Loop

Posted On January 22, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

cursive-writing-student-2.jpg(Indianapolis, Ind.) – A local lawmaker is again pushing to restore cursive writing as a requirement in Indianaโ€™s classrooms.

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Education got rid of cursive writing as a requirement in its core curriculum. Thy they no longer have to, many schools in the state have made the decision to continue teaching the handwriting skill to grade schoolers.

State Senator Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has for the third straight year co-authored a bill to make cursive writing and reading instruction a requirement for all school corporations and non-accredited elementary schools.

While Indiana code requires schools to teach language arts, reading is not specifically mentioned.

The Senate Education and Career Development Committee passed the legislation, Senate Bill 113, by an 8-2 vote on January 15. It is set to be considered by the full Senate, where it has passed each of the past two years.

However, SB 113 may face a tougher road to passage in the House, where it was both times defeated.