Exclusive: Johns Hopkins to Resign from East and Lafayette

August 8, 2014 Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 8, 2014 Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 8:12 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY

Johns Hopkins University wants to back out of its partnership with East and Lafayette High Schools.

The University took over as the Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) to help turnaround both low performing schools last year.

Interim School Superintendent Donald Ogilvie confirms the district received a letter of resignation from Johns Hopkins on Wednesday, shortly after asking the University to submit its plans for the 2014-15 school year.

The issue has now been transferred to the New York State Education Commissioner.

Ogilvie says that during Johns Hopkins management of the schools there was no demonstrated improvement in student performance.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that Johns Hopkins was not equipped to handle the multitude of English Language Learners at Lafayette High School and that Johns Hopkins did not have experience managing schools, but rather only experience in implementing new educational programs.