Today, we learn that Raj has said "the new Pathfinder/Cooper would be a K-8, but the two schools would work together to form the details of the program. He said it "wouldn't necessarily keep two hallmarks of the Pathfinder program: a Native American focus and expeditionary learning."
Why does Raj recommend destroying a wonderful and successful alternative program at Pathfinder to create a new one? This is a blatant example of the operations tail wagging the academic dog (to borrow one of Charlie's fabulous phrases).
The Phase II recommendation for Cooper and Pathfinder, as it stands with Raj's most recent "clarifications" would solve a facilities problem at the expense of academic achievement and educational clarity.
The district must get priorities straight and measure every recommendation first in terms of the impact on academics and children's learning.
See today's Seattle Times article, Parents worry West Seattle's Pathfinder program may not survive and yesterday's post, Raj's Latest Attempt at "Clarifying" the Pathfinder/Cooper Recommendation for the full scoop on Raj's latest words.