Ohio Senate passes bill mandating students learn cursive by end of 5th grade

The Ohio Senate passed a bill Thursday requiring each student in the state to be able to write in cursive by the end of the fifth grade. 

The measure, also known as House Bill 58, was passed by the Ohio Senate and would require the state’s Department of Education to craft a new curriculum for students before the start of next year. 


Under the new measure, students in the state would be required to legibly write letters in print by the end of third grade and write in cursive before going on to sixth grade.

According to a local Fox station, the Ohio House of Representatives first approved the bill in June. The legislation was first introduced in February 2017.

Any changes to the measure must reportedly be approved by the Ohio House before heading to Republican Gov. John Kasich to be signed.