SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- A Utah State Superintendent who made headlines last year for comparing educators to kids crying on Christmas morning has now stepped down.
Brad C. Smith tendered his resignation just one year into his tenure.
The board appointed Smith superintendent in November 2014 after he had served as Ogden School District’s superintendent for three years.
In a letter to the Board Smith said he felt he was “no longer able to make a positive contribution as state superintendent.”
Acting State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson will continue in his role.
The Board will discuss future plans during a meeting this Thursday at the Utah State Office of Education.
Click here to read Smith’s resignation letter.