C.T. Walker school to get national TV exposure

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C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet School will gain national attention Thursday when ABC World News with Diane Sawyer airs a story about cursive writing.

The broadcast is scheduled to air locally at 6:30 p.m. on WJBF Channel 6.

C.T. Walker Assistant Principal Earl Kelton said Sawyer's news crew visited with students, teachers and administrators on Monday about the slipping focus on cursive nationally, including in Georgia's elementary school curriculum.

"The kids are very excited," Kelton said. "I mean everybody is excited. It isn't very often that we'll be on a national broadcast."

Cursive instruction has tentatively been removed from the Common Core State Standards, which Georgia has adopted for English and math.

The standards will be fully implemented by the 2014-15 school year. In March, State Board of Education members are scheduled to meet to discuss the possibility of incorporating cursive back into the state's curriculum.

Kelton said Sawyer's broadcast will focus on the national conversation about cursive with information from C.T. Walker's hallways.

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