JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri senators have endorsed a proposal to create a new task force to study the effectiveness of the state’s teachers. The 14-member committee would offer recommendations to ensure teachers are fairly evaluated while considering the academic success of students. The task force also would offer recommendations to ensure teachers are given opportunities to improve and to share ideas with other teachers. The education panel’s report to lawmakers and the state education board would be due by the end of the year. Members of the committee would include state lawmakers, the state education commissioner, teachers, a school board member and an academic researcher.  Senators gave first-round approval Tuesday to legislation creating the education task force. The legislation needs another vote before moving to the state House.

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