Lawmakers Order Schools To Teach Cursive Writing, Bill Goes To Governor

Feb 19, 2015

All that's needed to return cursive writing classes to Arkansas classrooms is a signature by Gov. Asa Hutchinson - and if he signs it, it will probably be in cursive.

The state Senate on Thursday gave final legislative approval to a bill requiring public schools to teach cursive to students by the end of the third grade.

The measure passed on a 30-1 vote. Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia said he supports cursive classes but believes it's a matter for the Education Department, not lawmakers.

A number of districts dropped handwriting instructions after Arkansas adopted Common Core standards for math and English. Teachers have said some districts opted to drop cursive to concentrate on other parts of their curricula.

Hutchinson has used cursive to sign other bills passed this session.