More than 109,000 students are enrolled in one of the 178 New York public schools that are deemed to be failing, according to a report from the governor’s office, State of Politics writes.
The vast majority of these schools — 9 out of 10 — are heavily minority or poor.
The report comes as Cuomo tries to make it easier for the state to take control of troubled schools through his $142 billion budget proposal.
A school is considered failing based on the combined English-Language Arts and math scores that place them in the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide. Other factors include a failure to show progress in test performance or having had graduation rates below 60 percent of the last three years.
Of the 178 schools on the failing list, 77 have held that designation for the last 10 years, with a quarter million students passing through the schools.
Cuomo is pushing a plan based on a Massachusetts law that would put a failing school into the hands of either a non-profit, another district or an appointed turnaround expert.
Read the full report found here.