Utah’s state superintendent, who criticized the idea of spending more money on education, stepped down last week after about a year in office.
Superintendent Brad Smith said in a letter that he no longer feels able to make a positive contribution.
During last legislative session, Smith apologized for comparing teachers to crying children after they rallied for more school funding. He also said it’s not a bad thing that Utah ranks lowest in the country on per-student spending.
A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as Utah Schools Chief Stepping Down