Cursive writing bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson

INDIANAPOLIS ­— One Indiana senator is making a repeated attempt to include cursive writing in the state’s school curriculum and won the support of the Senate Education and Career Development Committee.

Senate Bill 8, authored by Sen. Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, passed 9-0 and would require school corporations and charter schools to include cursive writing into the school’s annual education curriculum.

Over the last seven years, Leising has gained support from several lawmakers, including Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, and Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford.

Only 12 states currently require cursive writing as part of the mandated curriculum.

Leising drafted a cursive writing bill in 2017 that passed the Senate, but died in the House.

Amari Thompson is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.

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