Cursive writing would be a requirement starting with the 2017-18 public school year under a bill that won final legislative approval Tuesday.

The proposal, Senate Bill 275, was approved by the Senate 37-0 and now goes to Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The Senate earlier passed a similar version of the legislation, but it was changed slightly in the House.

Senators agreed to go along with the change, which would make the new rules effective for the 2017-18 school year, not this year as originally planned.

The bill, by freshman state Sen. Beth Mizell, R-Franklinton, requires that cursive writing be taught by the third grade and be practiced through the end of high school.

Backers said cursive writing, which used to be common in public schools, is becoming a lost art, denying students the ability to sign their name and read historic documents.