Mike has always been an advocate for quality education. He believes that ensuring that our children are provided with a safe and secure environment in which to learn is a top priority.
During his time on the Shoreham Wading River School Board he worked with his colleagues to put together a fiscally responsible budget and still maintain quality educational opportunities. During his tenure he worked tirelessly with the board towards creating a stable learning environment for the district as they searched for a permanent Superintendent of Schools, dealt with the possibility of significant residential development, potential space concerns and an unstable State School Aid system.
Mike would like to see New York State take a more proactive role in ensuring that schools do more to teach our children basic skills that will prepare them for the rigors of the real world. He feels that the children of today should be better equipped to handle every day financial functions.
While Mike does place a premium on obtaining a formal education. Mike also believes that there are other paths to prosperity that does not include institutionalized learning and having to take on the exorbitant expense of going to college.
Mike feels that the trades offer a clear career path for some and he believes that the role of trade schools and apprentice programs should be more widely promoted and opportunities should be expanded. He believes that this is an underutilized path and for many could be a more suitable alternative to a college environment.
Mike feels that the Free Tuition (Excelsior Scholarship) Program recently put into place, while well intentioned, is another example of our elected officials putting into place a program in a haphazard fashion just to make headlines and needlessly increase government programs. He believes that simply giving free tuition does not solve any of the education problems that currently exist. There are more things that need to be considered to solve our current student loan debt crisis.