Senate passes cursive handwriting bill

Meanwhile in the Senate! ….Cursive writing and Multiplication tablets …..

RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill requiring North Carolina elementary school students to learn cursive handwriting and memorize multiplication tables made its way through the General Assembly on Wednesday with no opposition, The News and Observer reports.

The state Senate Education Committee unanimously passed the “Back to Basics” bill, which would make cursive handwriting a part of the curriculum for the state’s public elementary schools. The State Board of Education would be expected to make sure that public schools provide instruction so that students create readable documents in cursive by the end of fifth grade and have memorized multiplication tables.

The bill, already unanimously approved by the state House, is scheduled to be voted on in the full Senate on Thursday. According to the report, if approved, it would go into effect for the 2013-14 school year. School systems would be allowed to make accommodations for students with learning.

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