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Lawmakers mandate schools teach cursive writing

by The Associated Press | February 19, 2015 at 2:16 p.m.

LITTLE ROCK — All that's needed to return cursive writing classes to Arkansas classrooms is a signature by Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The state Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a bill requiring public schools to teach cursive to students by the end of the third grade.

The measure passed on a 30-1 vote. Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia, said he supports cursive classes but believes it's a matter for the Education Department, not lawmakers.

A number of districts dropped handwriting instructions after Arkansas adopted Common Core standards for math and English. Teachers have said some districts opted to drop cursive to concentrate on other parts of their curricula.

Hutchinson has used cursive to sign other bills passed this session.

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