For Immediate Release

COLUMBUS, OH – The Columbus Education Association, the Union representing more than 4,000 Columbus City Schools educators, called today on controversial CCS Board Member James Ragland to resign following an inappropriate and misogynistic social media post on International Women’s Day. On his Facebook page, Mr. Ragland posted a photo (now removed) with the text “Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast” to which he added the caption “Happy Women’s Day! Govern Yourselves Accordingly.”

“It’s bad enough that Mr. Ragland has a paid position advocating with Betsy DeVos for funneling our students’ resources to charter and voucher schools,” said CEA President John Coneglio. “Now, Mr. Ragland has added insult to injury with a fundamental disrespect for the core values of Columbus City Schools. Our 50,000 students deserve board members who lead by example. Three-quarters of CEA members are women. Our Superintendent is a woman. By disrespecting and dehumanizing these leaders on a day set aside for honoring them, Mr. Ragland has demonstrated he is unfit to serve. He must resign immediately.”

CEA will continue its active role in supporting School Board candidates who demonstrate a commitment to the schools that Columbus Students Deserve.

The Columbus Education Association is the union representing more than 4,000 teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, and other education professionals in Columbus City Schools. The Columbus Education Association is a proud affiliate of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.