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Long Island Republicans are spearheading a move to halt the implementation of the Common Core academic standards in the state until an independent commission can study it.
Assemb. Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square) and Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) introduced a bill Wednesday that would put the standards on hold. That came a day after the state Board of Regents voted to delay high-school graduation requirements under the Common Core, making them effective for the Class of 2022 instead of the Class of 2017, as originally planned.
That isn't good enough, Ra said.
"Rather than simply delay Common Core, we need to put a stop to the high-stakes testing and standards that are causing so much student and educator anxiety until a thorough review is performed," Ra said.
The Regents are "going down the wrong track," Assemb. Al Graf (R-Holbrook) said at a news conference with Ra.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo backs the academic standards but has called the rollout of the Common Core "flawed" and appointed a panel to review it. Ra said that panel lacked independence.
"Common Core has been a failure," Zeldin said in a statement.
Under their proposal, the new panel would make a recommendation by 2016 to keep or scrap the Common Core.
Their proposal puts them slightly at odds with some Republicans. Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) said the Regents decision to push back graduation tests to the Class of 2022 was "an important step forward."
Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) had pushed for a two-year delay, as did his coalition partner, Sen. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).