S.C. Education Department spokesman leaving for private sector

jself@thestate.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— Jay Ragley, spokesman for the S.C. Department of Education, is leaving the department for a private-sector job.

Ragley, whose last day with the state was Monday, has taken a position with Connections Education, a virtual learning company that includes S.C. Connections Academy, a virtual charter school in the state’s Public Charter School District.

Ragley will be senior director of state relations, managing legislative teams lobbying in several southeastern states, including South Carolina.

Ragley came to the Department of Education after managing Republican Mick Zais' successful campaign for state Superintendent of Education in 2010.

Before that, Ragley was executive director of the S.C. Republican Party.

“Working with Dr. Zais and the leaders at the South Carolina Department of Education has been a tremendous experience,” Ragley said.

“The Department is committed to Dr. Zais’ vision to transform education by providing every student a personalized and customized education. Connections Education is the national leader in providing virtual education solutions to students. I am looking forward to joining their team.”

Reach Self at (803)771-8658

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