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Union Calls For School Board Member's Resignation After Social Media Post


The Columbus City Schools' teachers union is calling on board member James Ragland to step down following what it calls an "inappropriate and misogynistic" social media post.  

The post has a link to the song "Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast"  and a comment from Ragland  that reads:  "Happy Women's Day! Govern Yourself Accordingly!"  CEA president John Coniglio says the post - which has since been removed - shows "a fundamental disrespect for the core values of the Columbus City Schools".  Ragland says it was "unintentionally offensive" and an "error in judgement".  

It's not the first time the union has clashed with Ragland, who was appointed in 2018 to the seat vacated by Dominic Paretti, and reelected last year.  Last fall the union rescinded its earlier endorsement of Ragland after he took a paid position with School Choice Ohio, a group that advocates for private and charter schools, and his  appearance on a education panel in suburban Columbus with then-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.
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