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'Rarely have the stakes been higher' for schoolchildren, so teachers must step up, says News editorial

As Tom Precious reported in a front-page story in today's News, Johns Hopkins University is just about fed up with the Buffalo public schools and its teachers union.

The internationally acclaimed group has said it would help turn around two low-performing high schools in Buffalo: Lafayette and East. But now it's not so sure.

If the months-old fight over evaluating teachers -- a dispute that has already imperiled millions of dollars in federal funds for the Buffalo schools -- isn't resolved by May 1, Johns Hopkins may pull out.  That's less than two weeks away.

A strongly worded News editorial on the subject will appear in tomorrow's print edition of The News. (The editorial is by Deputy Editorial Page Editor Kevin Walter, who has written extensively about the troubles of Buffalo's schools, including a five-part editorial series last year.)

This editorial, which represents the opinion of The News' editorial board as a whole, challenges Buffalo teachers to overcome their union leader's obstinacy and to take charge of a rapidly deteriorating situation. 

Because the future of thousands of schoolchildren are at stake, and because the schools so profoundly affect our city and surrounding region, this is a crucial moment. 

The news story and related editorial, whatever your point of view, are worth your attention.