A bill that would allow students to use smartphones as part of classroom lessons passed the state House Wednesday. The bill would also remove some other school administrative rules. For example, it would allow home-schooled students to deliver paperwork to the state Department of Education, rather than the superintendents of their local school systems.
State education officials will decide in February whether to keep cursive in the curriculum. The flowing style of handwriting isn't mentioned in a new set of teaching guidelines adopted last year. Some educators doubt that cursive is critical to what students need to know in the 21st Century.