School official withdraws after protests over LGBT stance

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) | A New Orleans school board member withdrew from consideration for the board presidency Jan. 17 amid a flurry of criticism over her record of resistance to protections for LGBT students, but that didn’t stop a torrent of vehement criticism that nearly led to her losing her current post as the board’s vice president.

When the debate was over, Leslie Ellison remained the board’s vice president — elected in an unexpectedly narrow 4-3 vote after close to two dozen speakers, including gay and transgender students and adults, voiced their displeasure.

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