Abilene schools expanding cursive curriculum

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – A bill passed in Texas to ensure kids are learning cursive writing in school but right here in the Key City it is still taught.
“They are pretty motivated to want to do it because they think that it’s a big deal to be able to read and write in cursive and they want to be grown up like their parents,” said Michelle Aquino, Third Grade Teacher at Austin Elementary.

All Texas school districts will now start teaching kids earlier than third grade.

“When they come to us they would have taught them in isolation and then us connect them, I think that will start in the fall,” said Aquino.

Right now in Abilene schools in fourth grade they allow the students to pick how they write but next year that will change.

“Students will write legibly in cursive and it doesn’t say choosing whichever one. It doesn’t prevent the choice, it doesn’t mean all work must be done in cursive from now on, forever,” said Kimberly Brumley, Executive Director for Curriculum & Instruction for Abilene ISD.

The schools making sure they can read and write in cursive.

“It’s so important that we continue to teach these kids to write in cursive because so many of the things that were written a long time ago,” said Aquino.

These changes will be new for both the students and teachers.
“They will have to learn to coach the kids in that but our second grade teachers have already been fantastic instructors in perfecting penmanship,” said Brumley.

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