Former Newport-Mesa administrator Jane Garland, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer and attorneys representing the five students' families cited the education code and legal precedent that they say mandate the board hear the appeals.
Several of the families and Garland
allege that the district didn't have enough evidence to expel some of the students.
, who helped draft the expulsion agreements, asserts that each of the 11 students had varying levels of involvement in the scandal.
In some cases, the extent of the students' participation was previewing test questions during tutoring sessions.
After the board's decision in January, Garland
sent an email to top district administrators and parents of the expelled students in which she
called the situation and investigation a "total farce.