Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill on Wednesday that will require students to learn how to write in cursive.
The legislation, House Bill 58, passed the state Senate earlier this month and mandates that every student in Ohio be able to write in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
It was first introduced in February 2017 and passed the House in June 2018.
Teaching students to write in cursive has come to be thought of as an outdated lesson in the digital age by some, with many kids not able to write in the formal font. The bill, however, instructs that the Ohio Department of Education compile "supplemental instructional materials on the development of handwriting as a universal skill in the English language … for grades kindergarten through five."
"The instructional materials shall be designed to enable students to print letters and words legibly by grade three and create readable documents using legible cursive handwriting by the end of grade five," the bill states.
The new instructional materials must be added to the curriculum no later than July 1.