In possibly the next-to-last step, the Louisiana House and Senate education committees are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to endorse proposed revisions in the Common Core academic standards.
The meeting, which is set for 1 p.m., is required under legislation passed last year aimed at ending controversy over the revised benchmarks in reading, writing and math.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has already approved the changes, which were recommended by a 26-member panel of teachers and others.
If the two committees approve the revisions, they would face one more step: Gov. John Bel Edwards, who is a critic of the overhaul.
House Education Committee Chairwoman Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, said the meeting will include a presentation by leaders of the Standards Review Committee and public testimony.
Landry said time limits will be put on public comments.
The state Senate convenes at 4 p.m. on Tuesday and the House at 5 p.m., which means leaders of the joint committee hope to finish the work in about three hours.
Landry said she is inclined to back the revisions.
Both committees and Edwards are allowed to approve or reject the proposed changes only as a whole, not select items.
If lawmakers or the governor reject them, the Common Core standards in place now will remain while educators launch a second review.
The review panel recommended revamping about 20 percent of the 1,287 guidelines.
The state study was designed to put a Louisiana flavor in standards that critics said were top-heavy with federal influence.
Edwards has said any revisions need to be substantive but has not said whether the recommendations meet his criteria.
The Governor’s Office on Monday did not reply to questions on whether Edwards remains undecided on the changes.
Common Core is designed to make students more competitive internationally.
Whether the hearing will spark much attention is unclear.
A meeting at BESE last month that allowed public comments sparked little interest and was done in less than 30 minutes.
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