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May 18, 1999|Marissa Espino, (714) 965-7172, Ext. 15

Huntington Beach Union High School trustees last week voted to change the district's open enrollment policy to require that schools be no less than 15% below the district's ethnic balance, which is 51% white. The amended policy will allow 52 white Ocean View High School students, who were told they could not transfer in March, to attend their school of choice.

Trustee Matthew Harper, who fought to abolish all racial quotas, asked staff to consider putting a disclaimer on transfer requests to notify parents that their child may not be able to transfer because they are white. Harper also asked staff if the district could add a box that would allow eighth-grade students to decline to state their ethnicity on the census forms they fill out before attending high school.

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