NAACP wants Ravenel off school board

The local chapter of the NAACP is calling for Arthur Ravenel Jr. to resign from the Charleston County School Board after his recent acknowledgement of an argument with Superintendent Nancy McGinley in which he used the word "bitch." Initial allegations said that Ravenel directed the word at McGinley, though he has denied that. But some aren't buying it, and the NAACP plans to ask Gov. Mark Sanford to suspend Ravenel from his seat on the board.

From ABC News 4:

"I think he brings no value at this point. He obviously has proven for years that he is not in support of educating all the children of the county. He needs not be on the board, he needs to not make decisions about educating these children," Dot Scott, NAACP Chapter President.

However, a spokesman for the governor suggests that Sanford doesn't have the authority to take such action. From The Post and Courier:

Joel Sawyer, the governor's spokesman, said the governor has suspension authority only when an official is indicted for a criminal offense.

The NAACP is planning two events: a town hall meeting next Thursday to discuss school board issues and a rally before the June 9 school board meeting.

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