A judge just ruled against the left-wing Fairfax County School Board’s veiled racial quota limiting enrollment of Asian students (which had the effect of increasing enrollment of less qualified black students). Below is the press release from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represented the students and parents suing the school board:
Alexandria, Virginia; February 25, 2022: Today, a federal judge ruled that Fairfax County school officials violated the law by changing admissions requirements at the nation’s top public school to deliberately reduce the number of Asian-American students enrolled.
Last March, a coalition of parents, students, alumni, and community members filed a lawsuit challenging admissions changes at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ).
“This is a monumental win for parents and students here in Fairfax County, but also for equal treatment in education across the country,” said PLF attorney Erin Wilcox. “We hope this ruling sends the message that government cannot choose who receives the opportunity to attend public schools based on race or ethnicity.”
Until last year, admission to TJ was race-blind and merit-based; requirements included a standardized test, grade-point average, completion of certain math classes, and teacher recommendations. Last year, the Fairfax County Public Schools’ board and superintendent adopted an admissions policy aimed at balancing the racial groups at TJ by eliminating the admissions test, guaranteeing seats for 1.5 percent of each middle school’s eighth grade class, and awarding bonus points for various factors such as attendance at a middle school previously underrepresented at TJ. The intended result: dramatically reducing the number of Asian-American students admitted to TJ.
Pacific Legal Foundation represents the Coalition for TJ free of charge. Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax County School Board was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia…Judge Hilton granted the Coalition’s motion for summary judgment, giving them a win in the case.
The Fairfax County school board likes wasting money. It paid bus drivers to drive empty school buses, even as schools operated online. Fairfax County has 1.1 million residents, and runs the largest school system in Virginia.
In 2020, the Fairfax County Public Schools system paid $20,000 to an advocate of racial discrimination against whites for an hour-long speech and Q&A on “anti-racism.”
The school system told the Daily Wire that Ibram X. Kendi, who advocates discrimination, was invited “to speak to school leaders about his book, ‘How to Be an Antiracist,’ as part of the school division’s work to develop a caring culture.”
As the Daily Wire notes, “Under Kendi’s ideology, discriminating against others on the basis of race is a meritorious idea, so long as it is producing racial equity (i.e., anti-racist). Kendi explains this ideology in ‘How to Be an Antiracist,’ his 2019 best-selling book.”
As Kendi puts it, “the only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”
Kendi is a radical who advocates totalitarianism, once wrote an op-ed suggesting that white people are aliens from outer space, and wants to create an “anti-racist amendment” and establish a “Department of Anti-racism.”