CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada Republican is sponsoring a bill requiring elementary schools to teach students cursive handwriting.
Senator Don Gustavson is the primary bill sponsor and plans to testify for SB 287 on Friday in the Senate Education Committee.
The bill would require public and charter schools to teach students how to read and write cursive handwriting by the end of the third grade.
Gustavson said students should learn cursive in order to read old letters and historical documents, and that learning cursive handwriting improves motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Clark County Schools District lobbyist Joyce Haldeman said cursive instruction is currently optional for teachers in the district.
Several states including California, Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee legally require school districts to teach cursive handwriting.