How about those apples Kate Gladstone? The Delaware Cursive Bill, House Bill #70, passed the Delaware Senate today with 17 yes and 2 no votes. Two State Senators were absent. The no votes were State Senators Gary Simpson and Ernie Lopez. Now the bill, which would make cursive instruction mandatory in Delaware public schools, will go to the desk of Governor John Carney for signature.
This was a surprisingly controversial bill this session. A prior attempt at this legislation came out in the 148th General Assembly but failed to get a full vote in the House. This time, it went all the way through the General Assembly. It created a good amount of discussion concerning the worthiness of the bill. Full disclosure, I fully supported this bill.
One of the folks opposed to the bill was a woman named Kate Gladstone. She made it her mission at the House Education Committee meeting to make sure the bill went nowhere. Obviously, most of the Delaware legislators were not swayed by her unconvincing arguments. Perhaps another state will listen to you when they follow Delaware’s lead on this Ms. Gladstone!
I want to thank State Rep. Andria Bennett who saw this bill through as well as State Rep. Deb Hudson who gave it a valiant attempt two years ago!