RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The North Carolina Association of Educators says it has hired someone from Ohio to run day-to-day operations.

The state's largest public school teacher lobbying group announced Monday that Rachelle Johnson is its next executive director. She's been assistant executive director of programs for the Ohio Education Association since 2009. NCAE and the Ohio group are both affiliates of the National Education Association.

Johnson is an attorney who will begin her new job a couple of days before the General Assembly reconvenes May 14. The 45,000-member organization has seen its influence decline in Raleigh as Democratic allies lost control of state government to Republicans. But it has won some court victories challenging GOP policies.

Johnson replaces Scott Anderson, who left last summer to take another job.

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