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Columbus teachers union pulls endorsement of board member James Ragland over school choice

Columbus Dispatch |

Can a member of a public school board work for a group that advocates for private and charter schools?

It’s a simmering issue that recently boiled up for Columbus City Schools teachers and board member James Ragland. Ragland is the director of provider outreach for School Choice Ohio, a nonprofit group that informs Ohio families about the educational options available for their children, including private and charter schools.

The Columbus Education Association, the district’s teachers union, recently rescinded its endorsement of Ragland and took a vote of “no confidence” in his ability to serve the district, it announced Monday.