Helena teacher Melissa Romano has announced her candidacy and filed for the open Superintendent of Public Instruction seat for the 2016 election. Romano, an award-winning fourth grade teacher at Four Georgians Elementary in Helena, says she is running with three major goals in mind:
- to improve math and science results for Montana students.
- to increase expectations and standards for what a high school diploma means.
- to support professional development for teachers to increase academic achievement.
My guess is that this race will be as crowded as the 2008 campaign ultimately won by Denise Juneau, so it’s certainly wise for Romano to get her name and candidacy out early. I’ve heard a few other names being floated over the past few months for the seat and am curious if any of you have heard any additional rumors.
Sandy Welch, the failed Republican candidate with truly troubling writing skills from the 2012 race, already filed, back in June of 2013, but given her alliance with the “Responsible” Republicans, she will almost certainly face a primary challenge from the fringe. Representative Debra Lamm comes to mind as the most likely candidate to challenge her, given her connection to groups like the Montana Family Foundation and almost total disconnect from the reality of education today.