TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has appointed a nine-member task force that will recommend changes in the way public school teachers are evaluated.

The Education Effectiveness Task Force includes a school superintendent, a charter school principal and a college dean of education — but no representative of the state’s largest teachers union, the New Jersey Education Association.

Christie has often feuded with the NJEA. The panel does have a representative from the American Federation of Teachers, which represents Newark teachers.

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

The panel’s report is due by March 1.

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