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Special task force convenes to study teacher evaluations

September 1, 2009 |  6:45 pm

A task force charged with recommending improvements to educators' evaluations and instruction in the Los Angeles school district met for the first time Tuesday.

The school board narrowly approved the formation of the committee shortly before a Times series examining the difficulties of firing and evaluating teachers was published in May. The nearly 25-member group includes members from unions and the Los Angeles Unified School District, teachers and administrators and is chaired by state Board of Education President Ted Mitchell.

The group will study several topics, including evaluations, tenure, legislative changes and merit pay.

Mitchell said he wants the group to finish its work by the end of the year. If the group cannot come to conclusions, the district superintendent, Ramon C. Cortines, can make recommendations independently.

--Jason Song