Ramos earned 43.7% of the vote in the March primary and will compete in a runoff election on July 14, 2020.
Endorsed in the 2020 primary election by Texas Parent PAC, a pro-public education organization that advocates for adequate and equitable funding of public schools, local control, teacher quality, and the prevention of private school vouchers.
Endorsed by the San Antonio Express-News editorial board in the 2020 Democratic primary election.
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RESPONSES TO THE 2020 ATPE CANDIDATE SURVEY:
1. If elected, what will be your top priorities for public education?
My top three priorities for public education are: 1. Better pay and benefits for teachers 2. Addressing standardized testing issues and creating a community-based accountability system. 3. Campus Safety
2. What are your recommendations for funding public education, including securing the necessary revenue to sustain the improvements made by House Bill 3 in 2019? Do you believe additional funding is needed?
I would like to review the State Lottery Commission and make sure the profits are actually going solely to educational funding. In addition, I would look to the Border wall funding, Incentive Funding for outside business relocations, and the rainy day fund. Additional funding is definitely needed and I would work with groups like you and other public school advocates to identify areas where we can find additional funding.
3. How would you address the challenge of rising healthcare costs facing Texas educators and ensure that active and retired educators have access to affordable healthcare?
I would support significant increases in state contributions toward health insurance for active and retired school employees and funding mechanisms to enable those contributions to adjust for changes in costs. I would support legislation that would provide a permanent cost of living increase for all retirees to help with rising healthcare costs.
4. Do you believe the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) should be maintained as a traditional defined benefit pension plan for all future, current, and retired educators, or do you support converting TRS to a defined contribution plan that is more like a 401(k) plan, in which future benefits are not guaranteed?
I believe that TRS should be maintained as a traditional defined benefit pension for everyone. I would support legislation that would keep it as a defined benefit, because then the retiree would be the sole bearer of investment risks.
5. What do you feel is the proper role of standardized testing in Texas's public education system? For instance, should student test scores be used for school accountability purposes, for evaluating teachers, for measuring student progress, etc.?
I do not support the STARR test in its current form. I do believe it is important to test students to gage their level of performance it should not be used so that teachers are only teaching to pass a test. In my educational experience students learn more through stimulating interactive approach that it holistic rather just subject to subject.
6. To what extent should student performance determine teacher pay?
I do not agree that teacher pay should be tied to standardized test scores. I believe that teachers' pay should be tied to class and student improvement.
7. Would you vote to create any type of voucher, tax credit, scholarship, education savings account, or other program aimed at paying for students, including any subpopulation of students, to attend non-public K-12 schools, such as private or home schools?
I would not support public funds for any other school system than the Public School system. I believe public dollars should go to public schools.
8. State law allows educators and other public employees to voluntarily choose to join professional associations such as ATPE and have membership dues deducted from their paychecks at no cost to taxpayers. Do you support or oppose letting all public employees continue to exercise this right?
I support public employees right to participate in professional associations where their membership dues can be deducted fro their paychecks.
9. What role, if any, should charter schools have in the public education system, and do you feel the number of charter schools operating in Texas should be reduced or expanded?
Charter schools are a part of Texas educational portfolio, and they offer a choice to parents. Whether you agree with or not (for the record I am not a fan), realistically Charter schools are not going anywhere, they are here to stay in Texas. I think we need to address the current number of charter schools and I would not be in favor of expanding charter schools in Texas.
10. Recent legislation has made it possible for school districts to exempt themselves from many state laws (e.g., class-size limits, requirements for hiring certified teachers, minimum salary schedules, school calendar restrictions, etc.) by partnering with outside entities, allowing campuses to be managed by a charter school operator, or becoming part of a District of Innovation, for example. Do you agree with this type of deregulation of public schools, and how should such non-traditional schools be governed?
This is difficult topic to address. I do not believe in the changing the rules for certain schools. Everyone should be held to the same requirements: testing, busing, extra-curricular activities, food distribution, etc.
It is important to note and realize that due to the current Covid-19 pandemic the way we (Texas, Local government, schools, etc.) operate will forever change. Priorities will also change, and we need to adapt to the way we do business. You have my promise to work with you and Public-School officials to identify priorities and make sure we provide our students with the best possible route of success.
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