September 22, 2017
To the Honorable
The Illinois House of
I veto House Bill 2977 from the 100th General Assembly, which requires all
Illinois elementary schools include a unit of cursive in their curriculum
before students complete 5th grade.
constitutes yet another unfunded mandate for school districts that will not
protect the health or safety of Illinois students. If the General Assembly
believes that cursive writing instruction should be required in elementary
schools because it will improve student outcomes, it should be included in the
Illinois State Learning Standards and funded accordingly.
pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I
hereby return House Bill 2977, entitled “AN ACT concerning education” with the
foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.