RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill requiring North Carolina schools to teach cursive writing and multiplication tables is poised for final passage in the General Assembly.
The Senate Education Committee approved the bill Wednesday, sending it to the full body. The so-called “Back to Basics” requires school boards to ensure all of their students can create readable cursive documents by the end of fifth grade and can show they’ve memorized multiplication tables.
The bill passed the House last month with no opposition, though some protestors at the state NAACP’s Monday demonstrations have said it shows overreach from the legislature.
The bill is seen by some as a response to the adoption of uniform national standards that leave out cursive handwriting. Other states have also sought to restore cursive as a requirement for all schools.