Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge John Tran denied a request by 15 local parents to force Fairfax County Public Schools to reinstate race-blind, merit-based admissions tests to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, America’s No. 1 high school, but clearly stood on the side of the parents in their noble defense of gifted education and the value of merit-based admissions.
The decision is a blow to the future of the school as a place that nurtures the area’s top science, technology, engineering and math students, as local educrats replace the test…
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) has maintained its standards for demonstrated excellence, particularly in STEM disciplines, in great part from its steadfast support of the Fairfax County Business Community and individuals who champion academic ability. Forward thinkers knew that Virginia’s ability to attract companies to build the economy in science and technology was dependent on a stellar educational system.
Asra Nomani was on WMAL’s Mornings on the Mall radio program today, discussing last night’s meeting of the Fairfax County School Board, where Superintendent Scott Brabrand unveiled his scheme to abolish merit-based, race-blind admissions standards at Thomas Jefferson High School of Science and Technology (“TJ”).
If enacted last year, Brabrand’s scheme would have cut TJ’s Asian student body from 70 percent to 52 percent.