She also pulled out several small posters, created by some fifth-graders in Columbus, that listed reasons why they thought it was important to learn cursive writing. Signing their name on documents was among the reasons they listed.
Leising has earned wide attention for the bill. The national Campaign for Cursive, launched by cursive-writing supporters, called attention to her legislation last month as part of its recognition of National Handwriting Day. She also was quoted in a Jan. 30 story in the Wall Street Journal about the demise of cursive writing requirements in schools in other states.
Leising told the Wall Street Journal that more than 90 percent of the 1,000 constituents she surveyed in her rural district in Southeast Indiana said they favored teaching cursive.