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Alabama law to require cursive writing in state schools

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Cursive is making a comeback in Alabama.

Lexi’s Law, which requires cursive writing to be taught by the end of third grade in all state schools, will go into effect on Aug. 1, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. According to the plan, students will begin learning cursive from second grade through a five-day lesson plan that covers lower- and upper-case letters.

“Cursive writing should not be ignored, but of course, it’s always a possibility some things get laid aside and may get pushed off when other academics may seem more important at that time,” said Malissa Valdes-Hubert, spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Education, according to WSFA.

Some Alabama counties already have regulations in place for teaching children cursive writing.

“We already have an elementary guideline in place that sets the standards for cursive handwriting,” Autauga County superintendent Agee said. “By the end of kindergarten, students should be able to write all their letters in lower case in cursive and by third grade, they should be able to write legibly in cursive.”