A new Wisconsin state bill would require elementary schools to teach cursive writing as part of their regular curriculum.
The bill passed the Wisconsin state Assembly Tuesday with a 59-39 vote and now heads to the state Senate.
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Republican state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt is sponsoring the bill because he believes it will stimulate different parts of students’ brains, improving their education.
"When you're educating students, the more mental gymnastics you can get them to do, the better training it is for their mind," Thiesfeldt said.
Opponents of the bill say class time could be better spent.
"This is not about cursive writing. This is about allowing our teachers to teach, allowing our teachers to be the professionals that they are, and restoring local control," Democratic state Rep. Deb Andraca said.
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A similar measure passed the Assembly last year but died in the state Senate.