[caption id="attachment_117384" align="alignleft" width="150"] Some states have added a cursive writing requirement to the Common Core standards, while most others have left it as optional for school districts.[/caption]

The pen might not be as mighty as the keyboard these days, but California and a handful of states are not giving up on handwriting entirely.

Bucking a growing trend of eliminating cursive writing from elementary school curriculums or making it optional, California is among the states keeping longhand as a third-grade staple.

The state's posture on penmanship is not likely to undercut its place...

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