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Some Valley schools get back to cursive writing

YOUNGSTOWN

Teaching cursive handwriting has not been a requirement for Ohio school districts since 2010, but the Youngstown City School District is bringing back the requirement for kindergarten through the fifth grade starting this year.

Other area school districts are looking at placing a greater emphasis on teaching their students to read and write in cursive style, even if the skill is not a required part of their curriculum.

Struthers schools Superintendent Pete Pirone said the board of education has been having discussions about requiring the teaching of cursive writing.

Although the districts are not requiring elementary teachers to teach cursive, officials in Warren, Canfield and Lakeview say many of their elementary teachers have never abandoned teaching it to their students.

Read MORE in Sunday’s VINDICATOR Edition of the Tribune Chronicle.