Kansas public schools encouraged - but not required - to teach cursive

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Kansas State Board of Education agreed unanimously Wednesday to adopt a policy statement encouraging -- but not requiring -- public schools to teach cursive.

It also voted 8-2 in favor of developing model standards for handwriting.

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Under Kansas' newly-adopted Common Core Standards for English, teaching cursive is not required, and school districts are to emphasize keyboard proficiency.

But at Wednesday's meeting, members of the state board said they saw value in students learning cursive because research shows handwriting instruction plays a role in children's cognitive development.


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