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When you think back on learning to write cursive, do you remember it fondly? Or do you recall smudged letters that didn’t look at all like the flawless classroom model, and how you never could get to stay within those pesky dotted lines?

Or maybe you never even learned it at all.

Fans of cursive think the time-honored means of expression does more than just result in pretty writing. And they want to help make sure children don’t miss out on its benefits.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 23, 2011 - If education officials in Washington want to give states more flexibility in spending about $1 billion in federal money, and more freedom from the strict mandates of No Child Left Behind, their counterparts in Missouri and Illinois are more than ready to consider the deal.

On Friday, President Barack Obama announced in Washington plans to ease the requirements of the Bush-era education act that increasingly have been seen as impossible to meet and unfairly labeling many good schools as failures.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 1, 2011 - Missouri education officials have already modified their application for a waiver from federal education sanctions, based on suggestions from various school groups, but more work is expected before next month's deadline to submit the document to Washington.