Ramm announces run for Senate

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer

On Thursday, January 4th, the GISD School Board will vote to hire James Cowley as Superintendent in a special meeting, replacing current Superintendent Dr. Harold Ramm who has announced his retirement. This is not Ramm’s first attempt at retirement, as he retired from Belton ISD in 2002 but ended up working as Superintendent for our district over 10 years ago, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Ramm will continue putting in hours for the sake of public education. On December 23rd, Ramm announced his Republican candidacy for Texas State Senate, District 5, challenging incumbent Charles Schwertner in the March 6th Republican Primary.

“I’m looking at running to try and address a number of school issues,” said Ramm. “I do not believe, to the best of my knowledge, that there is a senator in the state of Texas that is currently serving that has background in education, and certainly not someone who has 36 years in superintendency in the last 40 years.“

Considering the many years Ramm has spent in public education, supporting teachers and school districts is one of his main campaign issues, broken down to focus on renovating the inequitable and inadequate school finance formula, reducing the scope and impact of standardized testing, and increasing teacher autonomy in the classroom.

“I think that our teachers deserve better. Our teachers have not seen a substantial raise across the state in years, and I think that is part of the reason we’re having such a shortage of teachers across the state of Texas, and until that is addressed, we’re going to continue to have that,” said Ramm.

Though creating positive change in the state’s public education system is a large part of Ramm’s campaign, he also rounds out his issues with other important areas of concern, including providing meaningful property tax reform and increasing the capacity of mental health services to assist law enforcement.

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