At 2:27pm, on August 30th, Delaware Governor John Carney signed House Bill 70, which will make cursive writing mandatory instruction in all Delaware public schools beginning in the 2018-2019 school year. The new (and old) instruction will require English and Language Arts teachers to teach cursive to students until the end of 4th grade.
So what happens next? I imagine the State Board of Education will issue regulations based on the new law and from there the local school district and charter school boards will have to make sure it is part of the curriculum for the next school year.
As for the fierce opponent of the bill, Kate Gladstone, she will NOT be happy about this. Ms. Gladstone travels to different states opposing cursive legislation. Me, I write a blog. She travels. We all have our thing I guess. But I don’t think Gladstone counted on the tenacity of little old Delaware. She probably thought she could just roll over our state legislature.
Congrats to State Rep. Andria Bennett for getting this rolling again and to State Rep. Deb Hudson for bringing it for in the last legislative session.