"We made a mistake"; SC Dept of Ed tweets about cost of teaching cursive

A student learns cursive writing

A Senate panel narrowly advanced a bill requiring South Carolina's school districts to teach students how to write in cursive by fifth grade after questioning its $27.6 million price tag.

And, just a few hours after that bill advanced, the State Department of Education sent this tweet:

"We made a mistake in the fiscal impact statement today on the cursive writing bill before the SC Sen. Ed. Cmte - we're working to correct it"

Senators sent the bill to the full Education Committee Thursday on a 3-2 vote. The state budget office estimates districts would have to spend a combined $25 million on instructional materials and $2.5 million on travel for teacher training.

Republican Sen. Ray Cleary of Murrells Inlet says that's ridiculous. He says every elementary school teacher should know how to write in cursive, and students only need a pad of paper.

State standards haven't required cursive writing in the classroom since 2008.

The subcommittee postponed the mandate's effective date by one year, to require the instruction starting in 2015-16.

We'll let you know when the Department of Education sends us an updated estimate of the cost.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.