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Should Schools Be Required to Teach Cursive Writing?
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02 April 2016   Lynne LaMaster
Governor Ducey Says No. But, Then Again, Yes.

Senate Bill 1197 would have required schools to teach cursive handwriting. Although the bill passed both the House and the Senate, Governor Doug Ducey vetoed it.

It’s not that he’s against learning cursive writing. On the contrary, Ducey states, “I strongly believe that cursive handwriting must be taught in our public schools.”

But, it appears, Ducey is against redundancy. Even in legislation and policies. After all, this is the governor who asked the legislature in his 2016 State of the State address to get rid of unnecessary regulations and laws. Ducey said, “...in the governor’s office, we’ve identified hundreds of buried regulations that state agencies have imposed on Arizonans through the backdoor, hurting businesses large and small. Stifling job creation and progress. Unfortunately, the process to get rid of these unnecessary regulations isn’t nearly as easy as the process to create them. Send me legislation to allow agencies to wipe them out, easier and faster. And I’ll sign it.”

So, when it came to signing a bill that would force schools to teach cursive handwriting, Ducey said, “…there’s already a process in place to ensure this happens… I have communicated to the State Board of Education that the new academic standards must include instruction in cursive reading and writing and that by the 5th grade, students should be able to read and write documents through legible, cursive handwriting.”

Ducey went on to say that he does not agree that handwriting is a “lost art” or a “relic of the past.”

You can read his full veto letter of SB 1197 here.