Zarrow Int. School lottery selection delayed after parents learn of late-minute rule change

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 00:14:48-05

TULSA-- The lottery to select which students will attend one of Tulsa's most popular magnet schools has been delayed after dozens of parents complained about a last-minute change to the lottery process.

The debate began over the definition of "sibling preference." According to Tulsa Public Schools administrators, a record number of students applied to Zarrow International School.  A TPS spokesperson said they had more siblings apply to Zarrow than they had seats available in the school. So they decided to pull several siblings form the preference list and place the in the lottery.

School leaders sent an email to parents 4 hours before the lottery was set to begin notifying them the sibling preference policy would not be honored for one of the city's four quadrants.

That email from TPS inspired parents to rally together and question administrators about the policy change.

In the end, the administration decided to delay the lottery. They expect to have a solution sometime next week.


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