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0801, 20 Nov 19

Cost of Cursive

Not to get into the cursive debate, but do you buy this?

A Department of Administration fiscal estimate for implementing a statewide cursive program projects the per-student cost at $10 to $35 a year and the per-teacher cost at $25 to $160 annually.

The maximum projected cost of the bill among public schools ranges from $1.7 million to nearly $6 million annually for pupil materials and another $250,000 to $1.6 million for teacher training and materials, according to the report.

Really? We’ve been teaching cursive for over 100 years. It will really cost up to $6 million in additional cost to do this? Do we calculate the per student cost of other things like diversity, coloring, critical thinking, etc? Or can the people reasonably expect that our certified teachers be able to incorporate this without any additional cost?

For the record, I think this number is BS. It may cost that is you add up the time spent, but that time is just replacing something else that they were teaching.


0801, 20 November 2019


  1. Merlin

    Let the public see a similar cost accounting, by subject matter, of everything taught by public education. I know that would require a level of honesty and transparency we’ll never see, but one can still dream.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Common Core Math must be spilling into Language arts….


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