Education Funding. Hochul sends mixed signals on financial assistance. She takes credit for securing 28 Million federal grant for GEAR UP. The program will help 6,200 students from low income middle and high schools prepare for college. While worthwhile it is just a drop in the bucket. The problem of failing public schools afflicts Millions of New Yorkers. More money is spent per student here than in any other state. Yet standardized test scores lag the national average. Hochul refuses to support expansion of charter schools which have proven to be viable alternatives for poor students. Instead she panders to the teachers Union which is steadfastly opposed to charters. The Union provided major financial backing for her re-election campaign. Education Funding. Hochul plays politics with the schooling of our neediest young people !!