A group of eight children who were accepted to Classen School of Advanced Studies and then denied will be able to attend the magnate school this fall.
The Oklahoma City School Board voted 7-1 this week to allow those students in.
The city school board unanimously denied eight transfer requests at a meeting May 6, even though they approved hundreds of other transfers to other Oklahoma City schools.
The application process for the 2013-14 school year was open to out-of-district students, so the board's abrupt decision to ban the students from Classen was unfair, said Bill Hickman, an Oklahoma City attorney whose daughter is one of the eight students affected by the board's decision.
The applications were due to Classen on Dec. 14, Hickman said.
Children had to have recommendations from their home schools, and had to submit academic information.
Those going into the arts programs had to audition.
“These weren't just some kids who sent in some papers and got in a fluke,” he said to the board Tuesday night.
“These are children who put themselves out there,” he said.
Acceptance letters were sent Feb. 8, and families were told to go to the school Feb. 18 to enroll for the coming year.
The Oklahoma City School Board and district administration has come under fire for not announcing a change in policy about out-of-district transfers and seeking community input.
This group will be the last group of students who live outside the Oklahoma City Public Schools boundaries who get to go to Classen.
“This decision to allow the out-of-district transfers will grandfather in for the last time the out-of-district students,” Superintendent Karl Springer said in a statement. “In future years, application to the school will only be open to students who reside within the district boundaries.”
Also, there were questions raised about 42 other students who had some paperwork issues.
The board also voted to allow them to attend Classen, but their admission process will be slightly different.
Because the open-transfer period is over, they will have to come to the district as emergency transfers.
Emergency transfers must be approved by those students' home districts.