Legislation that is part of a three-bill plan aimed at reducing Common Core arguments breezed through the Louisiana Senate Education Committee on Thursday.
The measure, Senate Bill 43, won panel approval without objection.
It next faces action in the full Senate.
Senate Education Committee Chairman Conrad Appel, R-Metairie, sponsor of SB43, used the hearing to make clear that his proposal is not part of any reduced support for Common Core.
“The goal is absolutely not to regress,” Appel said. “It is to move forward.”
Appel, a backer of the new standards, has joined longtime House critics of the academic benchmarks in backing a trio of bills designed to lessen the 21-month-old dispute.
The vote Thursday came one day after the House Education Committee approved a separate measure — House Bill 373 — that would revamp the state’s review of the standards in reading, writing and math.
That plan is sponsored by Rep. Brett Geymann, R-Lake Charles and one of the Legislature’s top critics of Common Core.
Appel’s bill requires any changes in the standards to be submitted to the House and Senate Education committees after the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education finishes action.
Those committees could approve or reject the revamped academic guidelines but could not change them.
The measure also makes clear that, while the governor can veto the proposed changes, any rejection would apply to all of the changes, not select ones.
In both cases, the modified standards would return to BESE for more work.
Geymann said Thursday that the requirements are important to ensure transparency when the state is considering new or adjusted benchmarks for public school classrooms.
When the bills will be debated on the Senate and House floors is unclear.
The third proposal in the package — House Bill 542 — would change Common Core tests plans for the 2015-16 school year.
It is set to be heard in the House Education Committee at 3 p.m. Monday.
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