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Johns Hopkins withdraws from Buffalo schools plan

Johns Hopkins University will not be coming this fall to help turnaround two of Buffalo's low-achieving schools.

The Baltimore university announced their decision yesterday after the school district failed to produce a state-approved teacher evaluation plan.

Johns Hopkins officials told the Buffalo News the issue would inhibit their ability to properly prepare for the start of the coming school year at Lafayette and East high schools. The university has left the door opened to helping Buffalo schools in the future.

It's the latest repercussion in the school district's failed attempt to install a teacher evaluation system. State education officials have withheld over $5 million in School Improvement Grants, as a dispute over teacher evaluations continues to plague the district.