Senate File 89 - Introduced SENATE FILE 89 BY CARLIN , WHITING , SHIPLEY , KLIMESH , GREEN , and DRISCOLL A BILL FOR An Act requiring cursive instruction for students enrolled in 1 public elementary schools. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 1108XS (4) 89 kh/jh
S.F. 89 Section 1. Section 256.11, subsection 3, Code 2021, is 1 amended to read as follows: 2 3. The following areas shall be taught in grades one through 3 six: English-language arts, social studies, mathematics, 4 science, health, age-appropriate and research-based human 5 growth and development, physical education, traffic safety, 6 music, and visual art. Computer science instruction 7 incorporating the standards established under section 256.7, 8 subsection 26 , paragraph “a” , subparagraph (4), shall be 9 offered in at least one grade level commencing with the school 10 year beginning July 1, 2023. The health curriculum shall 11 include the characteristics of communicable diseases including 12 acquired immune deficiency syndrome. Each school district 13 shall incorporate cursive handwriting instruction into the 14 curriculum with the goal of making students proficient in 15 reading cursive and legibly writing in cursive by the end of 16 the third grade. The state board as part of accreditation 17 standards shall adopt curriculum definitions for implementing 18 the elementary program. 19 Sec. 2. STATE MANDATE FUNDING SPECIFIED. In accordance 20 with section 25B.2, subsection 3, the state cost of requiring 21 compliance with any state mandate included in this Act shall 22 be paid by a school district from state school foundation aid 23 received by the school district under section 257.16. This 24 specification of the payment of the state cost shall be deemed 25 to meet all of the state funding-related requirements of 26 section 25B.2, subsection 3, and no additional state funding 27 shall be necessary for the full implementation of this Act 28 by and enforcement of this Act against all affected school 29 districts. 30 EXPLANATION 31 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 32 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 33 This bill requires school districts to incorporate cursive 34 handwriting instruction into the curriculum with the goal of 35 -1- LSB 1108XS (4) 89 kh/jh 1/ 2
S.F. 89 making students proficient in reading cursive and legibly 1 writing in cursive by the end of the third grade. The 2 provisions of the bill do not apply to nonpublic schools. 3 The bill may include a state mandate as defined in Code 4 section 25B.3. The bill requires that the state cost of 5 any state mandate included in the bill be paid by a school 6 district from state school foundation aid received by the 7 school district under Code section 257.16. The specification 8 is deemed to constitute state compliance with any state mandate 9 funding-related requirements of Code section 25B.2. The 10 inclusion of this specification is intended to reinstate the 11 requirement of political subdivisions to comply with any state 12 mandates included in the bill. 13 -2- LSB 1108XS (4) 89 kh/jh 2/ 2