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The Hill : National Merit award scandal is the latest chapter in TJ’s war on achievement

January 23, 2023 | By ERIN WILCOX

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is in hot water with parents again. Administrators used “equity” as a justification for withholding information from students that may impact the trajectory of their academic futures. In the final weeks of 2022, Thomas Jefferson parent Shawna Yashar made an odd discovery. Her son h ...

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Discourse : Racial Balance Is Not a Worthwhile Goal for Public Schools

December 22, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

At Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax, Virginia, it no longer matters that one of the eighth graders applying for admission this fall has been building robots in his garage since he was 10, or that another won her middle school’s Math Olympiad last year and dreams of working for NASA someday. All that matters … ...

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What does “diversity” actually mean in college admissions?

December 06, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

Two hundred and four. That’s how many times the word “diversity” came up during the recent marathon Supreme Court oral arguments over whether to end affirmative action in college admissions. With characteristic bluntness, Justice Clarence Thomas remarked about midway through that, “I’ve heard the word ‘diversity̵ ...

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Fox News : If Supreme Court ends affirmative action, here’s what could happen next

October 28, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

This week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a pair of cases asking whether affirmative action in college admissions violates the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. If the court says yes, the question on everyone’s mind – from constitutional law scholars to high school seniors – will be: What will universities ...

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Education officials spread poisonous myth that Asian students are ‘test-taking robots’

October 28, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

Envy: a feeling of resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck “I walked into Stuyvesant High school and I thought I was in Chinatown,” Milady Baez, then-deputy chancellor of the Department of Education in New York City, complained to colleagues at a 2018 meeting. Baez’ point was clear: There ...

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San Francisco’s school board rejected discriminatory admissions changes; school boards around the country should pay attention

August 16, 2022 | By ERIN WILCOX

How long does it take to destroy a high-performing, beloved public high school? Fortunately, San Francisco residents won’t have to find out. Last month, by a vote of 4-3, the San Francisco Board of Education reinstated merit-based admissions at Lowell High School, the city’s premier public school for academically gifted students. As the ...

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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 ̷ ...