A bill that would require the teaching of cursive writing in public schools won approval Wednesday in the Louisiana Senate.

The vote was 37-0.

The measure, Senate Bill 275, next faces action in the state House.

Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, has said cursive is needed so students can appreciate historical documents and carry distinctive signatures.

Cursive, also known as script, was taught to public school students for generations.

It has become less common amid increased pressures in the daily curriculum and technology.

The requirement would take effect in August.

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