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BOISE -- If the Idaho Legislature has its way, cursive handwriting won't become a dying relic of the era before computers.

First the House, and now the Senate Thursday, passed a measure directing the state Board of Education to develop rules requiring cursive be taught in grade schools.

Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d'Alene espoused cursive's merits, not only as an art form that lets people express their individuality but also as an important tool in the cognitive development of children.

Those flourishes aren't just superfluous curls and whirls in ink, he said, they help kids brains grow.

The issue arose in Idaho because it's among 45 states due to adopt national curriculum guidelines in 2014 that require computer keyboarding by the time pupils exit elementary school -- but not cursive.

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