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The Hill : Virginia court ruling a welcome sign in fight to end race-based school admissions

March 28, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

Will 2022 be the year we finally see an end to discriminatory racial preferences in education? There are welcome signs of change in the air. In February, parents of students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) in northern Virginia racked up an important win in a federal lawsuit challenging the school’s … ...

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Orange County Register : Voters send clear message to the San Francisco school board

February 17, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

There’s no mistaking the message Tuesday’s recall election sent to the San Francisco Board of Education: focus on education, not racial politics. In addition to the Board’s myopic focus on renaming schools instead of reopening them last year, the landslide results were also motivated by the Board’s decision to scrap competit ...

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The Hill : The parents were right

January 17, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

Coauthored by Asra Q. Nomani, vice president of the grassroots organization Parents Defending Education and cofounder of Coalition for TJ, which advocates for diversity and excellence at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Va. The parents were right all along, and now they have the proof. In the fall of ̷ ...

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Stop discriminating in schools and start lifting up the students that need help

September 29, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

In a recent Wall Street Journal column on structural racism, Bill McGurn argues that “if ever there were a structure systemically keeping African-Americans from getting ahead, it would surely be America’s big city public-school systems.” He’s right. But the problem extends much further—from the very worst public schools to ...

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No matter how you try to spin the new policy, TJ is heading in the wrong direction with its admissions criteria

August 06, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

In a July 2 opinion piece for The Washington Post, Asra Q. Nomani and I wrote about the purge of Asian-American students occurring at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ). Last year, TJ, a public Governor’s School in Alexandria, Virginia, changed its admissions policy, scaling back its traditionally merit-based criteri ...

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The Washington Post : The purge of Asian American students at Thomas Jefferson High School has begun

July 02, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

This op-ed was coauthored by Asra Q. Nomani, the mother of a 2021 TJ graduate, is co-founder of Coalition for TJ and vice president at Parents Defending Education. On June 5, Principal Ann Bonitatibus of the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) stood before the 2021 graduating class and pronounced with a … ...

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Judge rules Coalition for TJ’s fight can continue in federal lawsuit : What it means for racial discrimination in schools

May 26, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

Last Friday morning, federal district court judge Claude Hilton issued an exciting ruling from the bench: despite the Fairfax County School Board’s urging, Judge Hilton refused to dismiss the Coalition for TJ’s lawsuit alleging that the School Board violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause when it changed the ad ...

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Carolina Journal : North Carolina bureaucrats are about to learn a lesson in the importance of property rights

May 04, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

When is losing the entire value of your property due to government regulation, not an “undue hardship”? According to the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission, the answer is whenever your home is on the coast. In October 2016, Michael and Cathy Zito’s Nags Head beach house burned to the ground. Luckily no one was hurt, R ...

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The Hill : Parents sue to stop discriminatory admissions at top-ranked high school

March 10, 2021 | By ERIN WILCOX

It all started with an email. Last summer, as George Floyd’s death rocked the nation and COVID-19 kept many Fairfax County Public Schools students at home, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology principal Dr. Ann Bonitatibus sent an email urging students and parents to “think of the privileges you hold that others may ...