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Law to mandate cursive for public schools


By Cox Media Group National Content Desk 

A new law taking effect Monday in Alabama will require all public school students to learn cursive.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported that the law, called Lexi’s Law, will mean there is a standardized way to learn cursive.

The course will follow a five-day lesson plan that will show teachers how to cover cursive. Student will begin learning cursive from second grade.

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,” Malissa Valdes-Hubert, spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Education told WSFA.

Kaelin Blair, 15, said she would have liked to learn cursive earlier rather than teach herself once she entered the seventh grade. “I would have rather put cursive than print with my art,” Blair said.

“We have outlined the letter order cursive writing should be taught based on research,” Jaclyn Brown, district literacy coach for Montgomery Public Schools, told the Montgomery Advertiser. “We have also provided a chart with daily cursive writing targets, in addition to electronic source documents that teachers can pull from.”

Valdes-Hubert said the law will require teachers to prove cursive was taught by the end of each school year.

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