By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would put off for two more years the use of tests as part of public school graduation requirements in Pennsylvania.

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The bill to delay the use of Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement from 2017 until 2019 sailed through the Senate, getting full approval less than a week after it passed committee. When the Senate Education Committee advanced the bill last Tuesday, the ranking Democrat – Andy Dinniman of suburban Philadelphia – said there were several bills pending to deal with Keystone Exams, but said he supported this one because it had the best chance.

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“The bill that will make it through the Senate the easiest and the quickest,” Dinniman said. “Whether you call it a moratorium or a delay is of little consequence. What is of consequence is that we will relieve what has proven to be a tremendous burden.”

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The bill goes to the House where it is unclear if it is on the same fast track it enjoyed in the Senate.