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State survey finds educators support requiring cursive instruction

A survey of Indiana educators released by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) finds strong support for requiring cursive writing instruction. Seventy percent of those who responded favor the requirement.

Of the 3,878 survey responses returned, 3,543 teachers responded.

The survey is in response to legislation passed this year that required IDOE to conduct a survey of elementary and secondary school teachers, administrators and members of governing bodies.

Twenty percent of respondents indicated that they currently teach cursive writing. Cursive was removed as a requirement in 2011 by the State Board of Education.

It remains unclear if the Indiana legislature will use the survey data to pass a bill next legislative session requiring cursive writing instruction. Sen. Jean Leising (R-Oldenburg) has introduced a bill for the past several years without success.