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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.

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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.

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"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).