As NJ teachers will be starting a new evaluation process, there have been many discussions on just how the process should work but not many have included one important factor: The parents.

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Student achievement is one of the deciding factors in teacher effectiveness but what about how the parents factor in? Should the parents be a factor? If one NJ lawmaker has his way, it will become a factor in teacher ratings.

Assemblyman John Burzichelli has introduced a bill that would require school officials to incorporate parental involvement as part of the teacher evaluation process.

Aren't the parents a vital cog in this process? Wouldn't a parent's involvement help to reinforce what the teacher is trying to accomplish?

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