State Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna has been calling his teacher merit pay plan “iSTARS,” an acronym for Idaho State Teacher Advancement and Recognition System. But Senate President Pro-Tem Bob Geddes, who co-chaired a legislative panel with Rep. Bob Nonini over the interim that looked at teacher pay issues, said he tried to talk Luna out of using the acronym. “We told Luna that he was treading on someone else’s turf,” Geddes said. Idaho already has an ISTARS acronym, Geddes noted. It’s the Idaho Statewide Trial-Court Automated Records System (ISTARS). “They’ve already used that acronym once,” chuckled Geddes. “He said they would look into it, but they didn’t ever change it.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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