And part of me agrees with that decision. On the other hand (no pun intended) handwriting is a form of expression, and it does sadden me some that kids aren't being given the chance to perfect it. And after watching this video, that feeling is reinforced. This guy is amazing!
In our current educational system with the emphasis on standardized testing and quantity over quality, removing handwriting is what we have to do. If the teachers had any input into what we taught and how we tested, I suspect we'd find a place for it.