A new $100 million dollar state fund will be used to help distressed and failing schools.
Governor Cuomo announced the money Sunday to help struggling schools get on the path to success.
The goal is to help upstate school districts that have a high concentration of failing schools.
The State Education Department deems a school failing if standardized test scores are in the bottom five percent or has graduation rates that are below 60 percent for three years.
Currently, there are 178 failing schools in New York. 77 of these schools have been failing for 10 years.
Statewide, more than 9 out of 10 students in failing schools are minority or poor.
The fund will provide grants for capital and operating costs to help districts improve student test scores, and graduation rates.
Leaders expect the money to help roughly 60,000 students enrolled at 87 schools.