North Carolina House Bill 146, passed in 2013, requires all Public Schools to teach cursive handwriting by the end of the 5th grade.
To ensure my students are complying with this law, I am requiring that all my students be able to read and write in cursive.
I WILL BE INSTRUCTING STUDENTS IN CURSIVE WRITING DURING THE FIRST 3 WEEKS OF SCHOOL. They will also be completing practice worksheets during these weeks. We will be learning 2 letters each day. Therefore, by the end of the first 3 weeks of school, all lessons on the board and all writing turned in to the teacher will be in cursive or it will be returned to be rewritten.
The law does not exempt anyone from this requirement. If your child has learned to write in block, he/she can/will learn cursive.
Here is the wording copied directly from House Bill 146:
"The standard course of study shall include the requirement that the public schools provide instruction in cursive writing so that students create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade and applies beginning with the 2013‑2014 school year.”
Please note the wording "...create readable documents...". this means that all students must be able to read cursive and write in a legable manner by the end of the 5th grade.
This law has been complied within the 5th Grade ELA Curriculum Standards for the state of North Carolina as well.
Here is a link to the NC Standards for ELA that states this requirement. See Page 20 Standard 6a.
Please do not come to me to discuss this issue. It is not open for discussion. I stand firm in my enforcement of the state law and curriculum requirements.
PLEASE NOTE: NOWHERE DOES IT STATE THAT THIS IS AN OPTION. IT IS MANDOTORY. EACH SCHOOL SYSTEM IS REQUIRED TO REPORT, TO RALEIGH, EACH YEAR,WHETHER THEIR SCHOOLS ARE IN COMPLIANCE. This requirement includes the Exceptional Children's Program students unless they have a specific disability that prevents them from being able to write. This disability must be incorporated in their IEP for an exemption to be considered.