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Wisconsin schools would be required to teach cursive under proposed law

(WQOW) – Wisconsin elementary students would be required to learn cursive under a newly proposed bill.

The proposal is sponsored by the chairs of the Assembly and Senate Education Committees – Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Sen. Luther Olsen as well as a Democratic Senator LaTonya Johnson.

It would require the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to incorporate cursive writing into it’s language arts curriculum. The proposal would require schools to include the objective that students be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.

The bill has yet to be formally introduced.The bill’s authors say 15 states require students to be proficient in cursive.

Teachers in the Eau Claire Area School District are required to teach cursive during 2nd and 3rd grades.

Health experts say there are benefits to the writing style. Studies found learning to write in cursive improves brain development in areas of thinking, language and working memory.

The college board also found students who wrote in cursive tested higher on the essay portion of the SATs.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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