Transfers aren't a new discussion. Through the years, Classen has been the target of ire for skimming top students from schools inside and outside the district. But Classen isn't the only school that accepts transfers. District reports show that more than 1,000 students transferred into the district last school year at a variety of grade levels. Of the transfers considered last week, only Classen's were denied.
The feeling that the board may want to clamp down on how many out-of-district students it allows is a bit curious given that the district is a partner in John W. Rex Elementary, a charter school that's long been talked about as a school that could serve Oklahoma City students and those from other districts whose parents work in the downtown area. Phil Horning, vice chairman of the Oklahoma City School Board, also serves as co-chairman of the charter school's board.
If the school board wants to have a discussion about transfer policy, it should do so. Members should look at the numbers of in-district and out-of-district transfers for every school and figure out if current policies make sense. Then they should ask the community to weigh in.
Philosophies change as boards change. With three new board members in Oklahoma City, it's reasonable to expect policy changes. But members need to take the time to consider all of their options and gather as much information as possible before acting.