Students in Alabama schools may do a lot of their work tapping out letters on computer keyboards, but they still will be learning how to dot their i's and cross their t's.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports that a state law goes into effect next week that will require public schools to teach cursive handwriting to children by the end of third grade.
Legislation approved earlier this year, dubbed Lexi's Law, also requires school boards to certify to the state each year that students meet the handwriting requirements.
"Instruction in handwriting shall include cursive writing so that students are able to create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of the third grade," the law states.
Teachers in the Montgomery County (Ala.) district will be introduced to a new instructional plan next week. Cursive writing will begin in second grade with how to write lower-case and upper-case letters and will continue to be practiced in fourth and fifth grades.