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Utah’s No. 2 education official abruptly resigns

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(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brenda Hales, deputy superintendent of public education, speaks during a meeting Wednesday July 16, 2014, of the Utah Legislature's Government Operations Interim Committee.

The state’s No. 2 education official has abruptly resigned, but state school board members were mum Friday on the reasons.

Board Vice Chairman Dave Thomas said Friday morning he wasn’t at liberty to discuss the circumstances of state Deputy Superintendent Brenda Hales’ resignation on Thursday. He did say, however, she was not asked to resign.

Attempts to reach Hales for comment Friday were unsuccessful.

Neither Thomas nor board Chairman David Crandall knew if her resignation was effective immediately, but she was not at work Friday. Crandall denied a rumor that there was a disagreement between Hales and board leadership at a meeting Thursday night.

Hales’ resignation came the day before the board voted to seek a renewal of the state’s waiver to the federal law No Child Left Behind. Crandall said Friday that Hales’ resignation had nothing to do with that discussion.

Hales had worked at the state Office of Education since 2007, and worked in the Jordan School District before that.

lschencker@sltrib.com

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