Transfer students admitted to Classen School of Advanced Studies in Oklahoma City

The Oklahoma City School Board voted 7-1 this week to allow those students in.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: May 31, 2013 at 9:27 pm •  Published: June 1, 2013
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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.

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