In this article we unpack the obstacles and opportunities associated with language minority student classification practices and, more specifically, English language learners' reclassification to fluent proficient status. First, we discuss classification permanency for language minority students. Second, we provide an overview of national reclassification practices. Third, we discuss the practical application of California Department of Education's (CDE) guidelines for reclassification of students from English Language Learner (ELL) to Fluent English Proficient (FEP). We conclude with recommendations for school and district leaders on how to apply the liberty afforded to districts by the CDE in a way that best meets the students' needs and is socially just.