Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to a mandate that cursive writing must be taught in Louisiana’s public school classrooms.

The governor’s office announced Tuesday that Edwards had signed the requirement bill by Republican Sen. Beth Mizell, of Franklinton, into law.

The measure requires public schools, including charter schools, to introduce cursive writing instruction by third grade. Instruction will have to continue through 12th grade.

The mandate will take effect on July 1, 2017, to give schools time to prepare. A handful of states have similar requirements, including Arkansas.

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Senate Bill 275: www.legis.la.gov