Alabama now requires all public schools to teach students cursive before 4th grade

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Schoolgirl doing homwork

Schoolgirl doing homwork

For most of us, tablets, smart phones and computers have replaced the good ole pen and paper. But ‘Lexie’s Law’, which goes into effect Monday in Alabama, aims at keeping the art of cursive writing relevant in schools.

Lexi’s Law requires every public school in Alabama to teach cursive writing by the end of third grade. It will be standardized across the state and superintendents will have to sign off that students are meeting the requirements.

At least five other states have similar laws on the books to require cursive writing since the common core curriculum does not include it.

In addition to Alabama, state legislatures in  North Carolina and South Carolina passed bills in 2013 and 2014 to ensure teaching cursive and multiplication tables, and Tennessee and Arkansas passed laws requiring cursive in public schools.

And just last week, Nevada’s Senate Education Committee held a hearing on a bill that would require all public elementary schools in the state to teach students cursive by the end of third grade.

Education boards in Alabama, California, and Georgia added cursive to the Common Core standards, according to World.wng.org.

In Kansas, most schools continued to tech cursive even though it was dropped from Common Core. In Missouri, cursive writing was added to the K-5 English language arts expectations. The previous standards urged legible writing, but they did not specify cursive writing.

Kansas cursive handwriting standards

Missouri cursive handwriting standards