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10/31/2017 - Leising: Cursive Writing Report Results Released - Click here to print this information

STATEHOUSE The Indiana Department of Education recently released the results of a voluntary survey asking Indiana elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, superintendents and members of governing bodies whether they support mandating cursive writing in school.

In 2017, State Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) co-authored Senate Enrolled Act 29, which required the survey. The results show 70 percent of those surveyed support a cursive writing requirement.

Leising filed a cursive writing bill each year for the last six years, and all six have passed the Senate. None have received a hearing in the House of Representatives.

Given the results of this survey, I plan to file a bill during the 2018 legislative session that would require cursive writing to be taught in school, Leising said. Cursive writing is a skill everyone should have, as we use our signature to make purchases, validate our drivers license and sign agreements. I hope the results of this survey will help my bill finally get a hearing in the House of Representatives.

Leising said she is looking forward to several senators joining her on the legislation.

The survey was open from Aug. 4 to Oct. 1

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