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Teachers may write on the blackboard using loopy handwriting.

Signatures are still needed to make a credit card purchase, file tax returns or get a loan. Grandma’s birthday message is probably written in cursive, and so was the Declaration of Independence.

But local elementary schools have scaled back their teaching of cursive, a style most adults learned extensively starting in second or third grade.

State and federal curriculum standards don’t require cursive handwriting to be taught, and local educators say that the time in the classroom is better spent elsewhere.

But one state lawmaker says cursive writing helps children’s reading skills by connecting the letters in the same direction they read and helps develop motor skills. She has proposed legislation to keep the handwriting style as part of schools’ curriculum.

Senate Bill 120, written by State Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, requiring Indiana schools to teach cursive handwriting has been approved by the state Senate and will be considered in the Indiana House.

Educators say typing is a skill students will need to carry them into future job markets.

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