Unlike the last round of closures that had lots of South and Southeast schools involved in the proposals, this round has relatively few.
The Rainier Beach/Aki Kurose proposal for co-location I believe has merit. There is some research that 6-12 schools can be good for helping students otherwise at risk of dropping out reach graduation. Rainier Beach staff and teachers seem to be working very hard to improve the academics and keep a small community-school environment where the teachers know everybody. I believe a 6-12 configuration would address the concerns about the building capacity and allow those teachers to continue their good work, while also bringing Aki Kurose, a school that needs to be restructured according to NCLB, into a school that is on the upswing.
I'm surprised that the African American Academy closure proposal is not receiving more opposition than it is. We may still hear more, but from what I have read and heard from south end parents and activists, some people believe that AAA has been unsuccessful and dysfunctional, which makes it hard for those same people to advocate for keeping the school open.
The fate of Hawthorne is very much up-in-the-air due to the multiple proposals for APP and SBOC. This level of uncertainty must be very difficult for that school community.
Does anybody know if there is opposition in the Van Asselt community to the proposed move? And what any concerns/issues may be related to the move?