Utah schools have long taught cursive, but the state, in recent years, adopted new Common Core language arts standards. Those standards do not include cursive, leaving the decision of whether to continue teaching it up to the states that adopted them.
At least six states have voted to include cursive in their versions of the Common Core or are encouraging schools to continue teaching it. Several other states' legislatures are now considering the matter.
The Utah proposal follows a year's worth of work by a committee of state educators who studied the issue and ultimately is recommending cursive be kept.
Public comments on the proposal to keep cursive will be accepted through May 6. They will be summarized and presented to the state school board June 7, at which point the board might take a final vote on the matter.