A bill that would change the way Common Core is reviewed and changed moved within one step of final approval Wednesday.

The measure, House Bill 373, won approval in the Louisiana Senate Education Committee and now faces action in the full Senate.

It has already passed the House.

The legislation is the key measure in a three-bill package aimed at reducing arguments over Common Core.

The issue has sparked arguments for 21 months, but the accord has drained controversy over the standards one year after arguments on the issue helped dominate the session.

Whether the bills pave the way for the end of Common Core in Louisiana, which critics say, or merely tweak the standards, as backers say, is in dispute.

HB373, which is sponsored by Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles, would add public hearings in all six of Louisiana’s congressional districts as part of the state’s review process of the academic benchmarks.

Critics of the standards have long argued that rank-and-file taxpayers were shut out when the goals in reading, writing and math were crafted.

The measure is backed by some Common Core backers and opponents and Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former Common Core backer who now opposes the standards.

Geymann said the legislation represents an unexpected alliance between officials who spent months bickering about Common Core.

“I hope that you all appreciate the work that has gone into this,” he said.

The committee also approved a second House-passed measure that is part of the agreement.

It is House Bill 542, which would change Common Core tests for the 2015-16 school year.

The third measure — Senate Bill 43 — is awaiting action in the House.

That Senate-passed proposal says that, when changes in the standards are reviewed by legislative committees and future governors, officials can only accept or reject any modifications as a package.

The session ends on June 11.

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