That’s what State Senator Tom Morahan’s spokesman Ron Levine told me about the meeting coming up this afternoon in Nanuet between his boss and 20 teachers union presidents from Rockland and Orange counties.
The senator (R-C, New City) is thinking about education reform issues that’ll be coming up this legislative session, and wants to talk to folks first, Levine said.
Financing education is on Morahan’s mind, Levine said. “Just because of the sheer cost of educating people a second look and a third look are required.”
Accountability, funding, mandates, governance — there are a lot of issues out there. “And sometimes someone’s change is another person’s nightmare,” Levine acknowledged.
Will funding be at the top of the agenda? Could be, given that Haverstraw and Stony Point residents are still reeling over their school tax bills, which climbed in some cases more than 100 percent after Mirant won its lawsuit to lower taxes for its power plants. People were holding their tax notices and crying.