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Possible sponsor emerges for alternative program closed by Oklahoma City Public Schools

Santa Fe South Schools, a K-12 charter, expresses interest in Pathways Middle College High School after parent protest
by Tim Willert Published: May 13, 2014

A possible new sponsor has emerged for Pathways Middle College High School, a popular alternative program shuttered last month by Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Chris Brewster, superintendent of Santa Fe South Schools, a K-12 charter, has expressed a desire to administer the program beginning with the 2014-15 school year, pending school district approval.

“At this point we’re all working together to see if Santa Fe South can take over the operation,” Brewster said Monday. “We see this an excellent compliment to our concurrent enrollment practices.”

Pathways, founded in 2001 to counter the district’s high dropout rate among eighth- and ninth-graders, offers concurrent enrollment in college courses. Most who attend graduate and go on to college, parents say.

The decision by the district not to renew its contract with Oklahoma City Community College — which houses 93 students in grades eight through 12 — and save $310,000 in staff salaries did not sit well with Pathways supporters.

Dozens of parents and students packed a May 5 school board meeting and criticized district leaders for not including parents and administrators in the decision.

“Without the involvement of parents, without that turnout at the board meeting, I don’t think we’d be talking about this right now,” parent Michelle Langston said. “Parents have to understand they have to be involved.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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