Christie names teacher evaluation task force

TRENTON - (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasappointed a nine-member task force that will recommend changes inthe way public school teachers are evaluated.

The Education Effectiveness Task Force includes a schoolsuperintendent, a charter school principal and a college dean ofeducation - but no representative of the state's largest teachersunion, the New Jersey Education Association.

Christie has often feuded with the NJEA. The panel does have arepresentative from the American Federation of Teachers, whichrepresents Newark teachers.

Christie has said teacher evaluations rely too much on seniorityand college degrees. The mission of the task force is to devise asystem that factors in how much children are learning.

The panel's report is due by March 1.

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