Yes, I was on Polk's ELA secondary textbook adoption committee about 2 years ago. I'm not sure who did the cut, but Paths was not one of the texts we reviewed in depth. I agree with your assessment; however, my experience has been that whatever decisions are made, the teachers will be told that we are the professionals and it is our job to make it work. And make it work we will, for the sake of our students. I would document pros and cons for each text, and then think about how to implement whatever is chosen for you. For example, if they decide to go with Paths, will you still have your current textbooks? I can see some value in using the new questioning approaches with familiar text. I am struggling to learn all the new texts and how to implement new standards and skills with books that still have questions and activities based on the old standards. Hope this helps in some small way!