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Proposed Bill May Require Cursive for Elementary Schools

Senator Pam Roach wants to turn the clocks back to a time when all children learned how to write cursive in elementary school. The Republican senator has introduced a bill that would mandate cursive writing in all Washington public schools, according to KING-TV in Seattle.

Although State schools superintendent Randy Dorn said keyboard skills are more important than cursive, Roach believes being able to read and write cursive is a part of this country's fabric.

"Part of being American is being able to read cursive writing," said Roach.

Individual districts, schools and instructors are not required to teach cursive but instructors can choose to if they want.

"With all the requirements on our plate, it is hard," Amy Koster, a fifth-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Olympia, Wash told KING-TV.

Koster said she doesn't teach cursive per se, but believes kids pick it up on their own through other class assignments.

"I still want them to know how to read cursive and how to write in cursive," said Koster.

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