- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s public schools would have to teach cursive writing under a bill advanced by lawmakers Thursday amid concerns that students are spending too much time on keyboards and losing their own signature.

State Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, said her bill was prompted by a land surveyor who told her he was having trouble finding younger people who could read the cursive on historic land notes.

“It’s just an ongoing concern nationwide that cursive is a lost art among our students,” she said. “This is about a signature which is an identity for each of our students. This is a signature that you take with you for the rest of your life.”

Mizell’s proposal would require cursive writing to be taught to public school students by the third grade.

The Senate Education Committee - with senators lamenting the loss of cursive and hand-written notes - approved the bill without objection. It heads next to the Senate floor for consideration.

A handful of states have similar requirements in law, including Arkansas.

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Senate Bill 275: www.legis.la.gov

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