12:03 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Indiana Legislative Panel Sets Hearing on Cursive Writing Bill

Indiana lawmakers are again considering a push to require the teaching of cursive writing by the state's schools.

The issue first came up after the state Department of Education in 2011 dropped cursive writing as a required part of the school curriculum and told school districts that it expected students to become proficient in keyboard use.

The state Senate's education committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on a cursive writing bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Jean Leising. It would require all public school districts and all accredited private elementary schools to teach cursive, which Leising calls an essential skill needed for tasks such as signing legal documents.

The state does not keep track of school districts that teach cursive writing, but officials tell the CNHI news service that they don’t know of any districts that have eliminated it.

The state Senate approved a similar bill last year, but it didn't advance in the House.