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Barry L. Steim, the Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, superintendent who in recent weeks was criticized for using school-system funds to attend law school, has resigned.

Mr. Steim, who had headed the 6,800-student district for six years, said he had been working 80-hour weeks to keep law-school and college-teaching commitments in addition to fulfilling the responsibilities of his superintendency.

He had also been criticized for accepting a $6,000 expense account to cover law-school tuition and travel expenses in lieu of a raise; the critics charged that he had said he would forego a pay raise for this school year as a way of persuading teachers to moderate their salary demands.

Ms. Steim's resignation is effective immediately. A replacement to the $42,500-a-year job has not yet been named.

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