A bill that would require the teaching of cursive writing in public schools neared final approval Thursday.

The proposal, Senate Bill 275, breezed through the House 88-1 and now returns to the Senate for one change.

Under the revision, the writing rules would take effect for the 2017-18 school year, not the 2016-17 term.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, who offered the amendment, said she did so at the request of the Louisiana School Boards Association.

Landry said an LSBA survey showed that 24 of Louisiana’s 70 school districts, including some of the largest in the state, do not teach cursive writing and need time to prepare.

The legislation requires that cursive writing be taught by the third grade and be practiced through the end of high school.

Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, sponsor of the plan, said the requirement is needed because large numbers of students cannot sign their name or read historic documents written in cursive.

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