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Author: Erin Wilcox

August 06, 2021

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

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 criteria. The ...

July 02, 2021

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

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 ...

May 26, 2021

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

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 admissions policy fo ...

May 04, 2021

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

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, ...

March 10, 2021

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

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 ...

March 01, 2021

What is a labor union and why should you care?

With great power comes great responsibility. Yes, this advice applies to teenage superheroes. But it also applies to labor unions, some of the most powerful and influential private organizations in America. When labor unions use their power for good, they help workers join together to negotiate safe working conditions, good salaries, and benefits t ...

January 20, 2021

Houston-area contractors brace for additional racial set-asides

Last year in Texas, both Harris County and the Port of Houston completed their first-ever studies of how public contracts are awarded for everything from paper products to multi-million-dollar building projects. The studies, called disparity studies, found that minority-owned businesses in Harris County and Port of Houston win public contracts at l ...

October 07, 2020

It’s unconstitutional for Fairfax County to discriminate against Asian-American students

Last week, Pacific Legal Foundation sent a letter to the members of the Fairfax County School Board strongly urging them to consider the U.S. Constitution when they vote on proposed changes to the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), one of the nation's best and most competitive STEM high ...

April 14, 2020

A Texas grocery chain predicted COVID-19 and prevented massive shortages

Since early March, grocery shoppers across the country have faced empty shelves, long lines, and watchful guards enforcing government rules. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are dealing with shortages of staples like flour, yeast, and (inexplicably) toilet paper in our once-well-stocked stores. The government response to the pandemic ...

November 07, 2019

The NCAA’s new rule lets athletes get paid; some athletes should have been allowed all along

On October 29, 2019, the NCAA shocked the sports world when it announced it was modifying its rules to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their names, images, and likenesses "in a manner consistent with the collegiate model." This is an about-face for the organization that, for decades, has banned student athletes ...

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