Judge Orders UCLA-Run School to Admit Girl, 4

A 4-year-old Brentwood girl whose mother sued a UCLA-run elementary school--alleging it favors the children of rich celebrities in its admissions decisions--was allowed to enroll in the school Monday after a judge ruled in her favor.

U.S. District Judge David Kenyon ruled that Keeley Tatsuyo Hunter was unfairly excluded and should be admitted to the first day of classes at the Corrine A. Seeds University Elementary School, pending resolution of the lawsuit.

Kenyon said the school's use of racial classification in its admissions procedures raised serious questions, adding, "plaintiff has a fair chance of success on the merits at the very least."

Officials at UCLA said Monday that they will continue to defend their application process in court because the elementary school--one of the nation's last remaining "laboratory" schools--must assemble a student body that reflects California's racial and economic diversity to do important research.

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