Update: The Kansas State Board of Education reviewed the results of a survey on cursive in Kansas schools on Wednesday.
The results showed a majority of teachers still teaching cursive to elementary school students, but most don't require students to use it.
Board members say learning cursive early on is vital, because it becomes more difficult to learn as children get older. Members voted to bring up the issue again next month.
Original Story, November 12
The Kansas Department of Education is asking school districts how extensively they're teaching cursive handwriting.
Results of a survey will be presented to the state Board of Education at a meeting this week in Topeka.
Schools around the country are spending less time on handwriting instruction as students do more of their work on computers. Experts say students accustomed to writing on computers at home have a hard time seeing the relevance of spending hours practicing handwriting.
But the National Association of State Boards of Education wrote in a September policy update that there are benefits. The association says handwriting is a basic skill that can help students in reading, writing, language use and critical thinking.