The Ohio Senate has passed House Bill 58, a bill that wouldgive Ohio schools resources to develop and model a curriculum for cursive handwriting instruction.
The bill passed the Ohio Senate 27-2 on Thursday. It’s a bill that has been floating around in some shape or form since February 2017.
Since its inception, numerous changes have been made to the bill. A notable change is the bill initially required cursive be taught in schools. The new language would make it an option.
The new language mandates that the Ohio Department of Education include instructional materials to assist the development of handwriting in the classroom.
The materials are designed to enable students to print letters legibly by grade three and to write legibly in cursive by grade five.
But while the curriculum must be developed, it does not necessarily have to be used.
House Bill 58 makes it available to all schools in the state, but each one can decide whether to implement it.
State Reps. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell) and Marilyn Slaby (R-Copley) co-sponsored the bill.
The bill now heads to the Ohio House.