Utah schools chief: Focus on change, not money in schools

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s schools superintendent says it’s not bad that Utah ranks the lowest in per-student educating spending in the nation.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1eDkAlo ) Brad Smith made the comments Thursday before the Utah Taxpayers Association, a nonprofit that advocates for limiting taxes.

Smith says state officials should focus less on how much money is spent and more on change and results.

He says the most important thing for public education is to believe that the system can be changed.

In March, Smith issued an apology to Utah teachers after comparing them to crying children when they sought more school funding.

Before he joined the Office of Education in 2014, Smith worked as superintendent of the Ogden School District and earned a reputation for trimming programs and staff.

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