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Equality Under the Law

September 29, 2021

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

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 some of the very best. ...

September 21, 2021

A Primer on Critical Race Theory: An Interview with Dr. James Lindsay

Critical race theory has woven itself into almost every facet of our society, prioritizing "equity" over "equality." While equal opportunity and equality before the law are foundational tenets of our country, critical race theory undermines those by prioritizing equity between racial groups, which forces us to separate individuals into arbitrary cl ...

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 16, 2021

The time has come to end discrimination in public education

Right now, the Supreme Court has given the government the opportunity to weigh in on a case in which Asian-American applicants allege discrimination by Harvard's Admissions Committee. Another suit, alleging anti-Asian discrimination at Yale, has been filed in federal district court. Some selective high schools have also revamped their admissions pr ...

July 12, 2021

The Hill: Obama’s education guidance was terrible policy — and it’s about to come back

*Editor’s note: On July 23, 2021, PLF filed a regulatory comment letter with the Department of Education about nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline. You can read that letter here. *** Martin Luther King Jr. famously dreamed that his children would be judged not "by the color of their skin, but by the content of their ...

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 ...