|Board Member, Birmingham City School Board, District 1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||October 8, 2013|
|Bachelor's||University of Alabama-Birmingham|
|Master's||University of Alabama-Birmingham|
|Other||University of Alabama-Birmingham|
Douglas Lee Ragland was a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board. Ragland received enough votes in the general election on August 27 to continue on to the runoff election held on October 8, 2013. Ragland was defeated by Sherman Collins Jr in the October 8, 2013 Runoff Election. His campaign focused on remedying issues in the district including financial limitations, poor academic performance and declining enrollment.
Douglas Ragland earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He later received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Ragland worked for 34 years as an educator with stints as superintendent for Green County School System and Midfield City School System. He currently resides in Birmingham with his wife, Teresa.
Douglas Ragland ran for the District 1 seat on the Birmingham City School Board against fellow challenger Sherman Collins, Jr. Collins and Ragland defeated incumbent Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. and challenger Jerry Tate in the general election held on August 27, 2013. Green Calhoun, Jr. withdrew from the race on August 5, 2013. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote, Collins and Ragland continued on to a runoff election on October 8, 2013.
|Birmingham City Schools, District 1 General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sherman Collins, Jr.||30.3%||970|
|Nonpartisan||Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr. Incumbent||24.4%||780|
|Source: Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "City Election - August 27, 2013," accessed August 28, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
|Birmingham City Schools, District 1 Runoff Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sherman Collins, Jr.||62.8%||544|
|Source: MyFoxAL.com, "Birmingham Election Run Off Results," accessed October 9, 2013 These results are unofficial and not certified. They will be updated once certified results are available.|
As of August 28, 2013, no campaign donations or expenditures for Douglas Ragland had been reported to the Alabama Secretary of State.
Douglas Ragland did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Ragland's campaign website identified the following problems in Birmingham public schools that must be remedied "in order for our school system and community to be on a world-class status in terms of leadership potential in producing the best and the brightest students":
What was at stake?
Nine seats, including every board officer position, were at stake on August 27, 2013. Three members of the controversial "Gang of Five" coalition of board members were on the ballot. These members were Emanuel B. Ford, Virginia S. Volker and Tyrone H. Belcher, Sr., all of whom lost their re-election bids. Incumbents Carol E. Clarke, W. J. Maye Jr. and Phyllis F. Wyne did not seek re-election. Districts 1, 4 and 6 held runoff elections on October 8, 2013.
On June 26, 2012, the Alabama Department of Education assumed control of Birmingham City Schools after the school board failed to pass a measure that would have cut hundreds of jobs over two years to bring the district into compliance with state law. The discovery that schools in the district were operating without the mandated month of emergency reserve funds, which amounted to approximately $20 million, was another contributor to the state takeover. Since the takeover, the school board has consolidated seven schools and six office buildings in an effort to save the district approximately $8 million.
About the district
The Birmingham City School District was created in 1910 when the Alabama State Legislature passed a bill creating Greater Birmingham. Through this bill, 40 schools were annexed by the Birmingham Free School, most of them substandard and in disrepair. Birmingham City Schools is now comprised of 51 schools including 25 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, seven K-8 schools, seven high schools, and one alternative school.
Jefferson County outperforms the rest of Alabama in terms of median household income, poverty rates and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income for Jefferson County is $45,750 when compared to $42,934 for the state of Alabama. The percentage of people below poverty level for Jefferson County is 16.2% while it is 17.6% for the state of Alabama. The 2010 U.S. Census also found that 29.0% of Jefferson County residents aged 25 or older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 22.0% in Iowa
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- Committee to Elect Dr. Douglas L. Ragland, "About Dr. Ragland," accessed July 23, 2013
- Birmingham Office of the City Clerk, "Updated 2013 Sample Ballot," accessed August 15, 2013
- Jeremy Gray, AL.com, "Collins, Ragland in runoff for Birmingham's District 1 school board race (updated)," August 27, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Search FCPA Reports," accessed August 28, 2013
- Committee to Elect Dr. Douglas L. Ragland, "Issues," accessed July 23, 2013
- Marie Leech, AL.com, "Three incumbent Birmingham school board members voted out (update)," August 27, 2013
- Marissa Mitchell, ABC 3340, "Qualifying candidates for Birmingham mayoral, city council, school board races," July 12, 2013
- Brianne Britzius, Fox 6, "William Bell wins new term as Birmingham mayor," August 28, 2013
- Sherea Harris and Brianne Britzius, Fox 6 WBRC, "State will take over Birmingham schools starting Wednesday," July 3, 2012
- Evan Belanger, AL.com, "Birmingham schools intervention could stretch into fall 2014, education official says," June 27, 2013
- Birmingham City Schools "History of the Birmingham City Schools" accessed July 16, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Guide to 2010 Census State and Local Geography - Alabama," accessed August 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jefferson County Quick Facts," accessed August 13, 2013
- Alabama Secretary of State, "Elections Information," accessed August 14, 2013
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