NC House passes cursive handwriting bill

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RALEIGH — The state House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation Thursday requiring North Carolina elementary school students to learn cursive handwriting and to memorize multiplication tables, the News and Observer reports.

If passed, the “Back to Basics” bill would make cursive handwriting a part of the curriculum for the state’s public elementary schools. The State Board of Education would be responsible for making sure that public schools provide instruction so that student create readable documents in cursive by the end of fifth grade, as well as memorize multiplication tables.

According to the report, the bill drew 107 yes votes with no one voting no.

“A few didn’t vote,” said House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Matthews Republican. “We wonder whether they can’t write in cursive.”

The bill now goes to the state Senate. If approved, it would go into effect for the 2013-14 school year.

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