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N.C. bill would force teaching cursive, multiplication tables

RALEIGH -- Six lawmakers, including two from the Charlotte region, have introduced a bill in the General Assembly that would require public schools to teach cursive writing and multiplication tables.

House Bill 146 was introduced Thursday by the six legislators, all of them Republicans.

The legislation, dubbed the “Back to Basics Bill” by its supporters, is part of the GOP effort to return some academic fundamentals to the clasroom. Cursive writing is not a specific part of the curriculum in a number of school districts.

The bill’s primary sponsors are Pat Hurley of Randolph County and Harry Warren of Rowan County.

The other sponsors are Robert Brawley of Iredell County; Brian Brown of Pitt County; John Faircloth of Guilford County; and Chris Malone of Wake County. The bill’s wording says teaching cursive writing would be required by fifth grade. The bill does not specify when multiplication tables would be taught.

A spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction had no comment on the bill.

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