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It’s official: the Idaho Legislature is pro-cursive

Mark it down. Idaho’s cursive writing resolution is on the books.

After brief debate — or, shall we say, cursory debate? — the Senate approved House Concurrent Resolution 3, which requests that the State Board of Education write rules to require cursive instruction in elementary schools.

Rep. Linden Bateman, R-Idaho Falls, a semi-retired teacher, has led the push for the cursive resolution. Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, carried the bill on the Senate side Thursday morning — and Nonini said Bateman’s cursive crusade has prompted him to practice his penmanship. “It is a good exercise for all of us.”

The Senate approved HCR 3 on a voice vote. It has already passed the House — and unlike bills, concurrent resolutions do not require the governor’s support. That means Thursday’s Senate vote is the final word on HCR 3.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News ( Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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