jefferson high school fairfax

Alexandria, Va., high school sued over admissions policy

March 10, 2021
The Pacific Legal Foundation contends that the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology discriminates against Asian-American students.

A conservative legal group is suing the Fairfax County (Va.) school district to challenge the admissions process at a selective-enrollment public high school.

The Associated Press reports that the Pacific Legal Foundation contends that changes to the admissions policies at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria discriminate against Asian-American students.

 Fairfax County school board members have said they hope the new admissions process increases Black and Hispanic representation in the student body.

The student body is 70% Asian American, with minuscule numbers of Black and Hispanic students.

Opponents of the admissions change have argued that the new policy unfairly punishes Asian Americans for being successful academically.

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