Acting state education commissioner Bret Schundler had a chummy first meeting with the  Assembly Education Committee Thursday in which everyone agreed that the interests of children should outweigh party politics. Glad they got that out of the way.

Schundler was there to outline his priorities, which are still pretty vague.  The word he used most often was "realizable."

He said he wants every child in the state to have the opportunity to be all they can be. A good education should be "realizable."  The American dream should be "realizable."

Money, on the other hand, might not be so "realizable."

"We will do what we can with available resources," he said.

Schundler talked about streamlining education to make sure students get the time to master what they really need to know. He talked about providing more opportunity for innovation and giving local schools as much freedom as possible  to help individual children.

The session also included the approval by the committee of a bill to expand the public school choice program to any approved district willing to accept children from other towns.

Choice has been a hallmark of the Republican education platform, and the Assembly bill, A355, is sponsored by Democrats  Mila Jasey, Joan Voss and Paul Moriarty and, so maybe there is some bipartisan cooperation in the works.