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Cursive curriculum wins the Senate, but could lose the House

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Legislation to require teaching cursive writing has passed the Senate, but will likely face opposition in the House. Senate Bill 73 would place cursive writing back into the elementary curriculum in schools. Some of the senators who voted against the bill said they are not opposed to the teaching […]

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Mandatory cursive curriculum advances but still faces hurdles

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee crossed their t’s and dotted their i’s to make cursive writing mandatory in elementary school curriculum. Senate Bill 73, making cursive mandatory in schools, passed out of the Education and Career Development committee Wednesday with a 6-4 vote. Author, Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, was not […]

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Senator pushes for mandatory cursive curriculum, again

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, continues the fight to place cursive writing back into the curriculum after the Indiana Department of Education made cursive optional in 2011. Wednesday afternoon, the Education and Career Development committee met to discuss Senate Bill 73. If passed, this bill would add cursive writing back […]

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Committee passes cursive writing bill

By Ellie Price TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Students would have to learn cursive writing under a bill an Indiana Senate committee approved Wednesday. The bill, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, passed 7-4 to the Senate floor for consideration. Leising said it was appropriate for the bill to pass Wednesday because it’s national handwriting day. She […]

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Senate exempts voucher schools from bill requiring cursive instruction

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate amended a bill Friday that would require schools to teach cursive writing by exempting private schools that accept students with state-funded vouchers. Sen. Scott Schneider, R-Indianapolis, offered the amendment, which passed 27-23. Schneider said his goal is to keep the cursive writing requirements consistent with […]

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Cursive writing would be required under bill passed by committee

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Education and Career Development Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would require school districts to teach cursive writing. Senate Bill 83 now moves to the Senate floor for consideration. Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, said she authored the bill after her constituents said cursive should […]

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Bill with basketball, cursive and school start date provisions stumbles

By Ellie Price The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – A state senator’s effort to strip single-class basketball and mandatory cursive writing out of his own bill hit a stumbling block Wednesday. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, had initially folded a wide set of proposals into his annual effort to impose a mandatory school start date. He wanted […]