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Equality Under the Law

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 ...

June 15, 2021

Fighting for equality: The faces of Coalition for TJ

Equality before the law is one of the most important constitutional safeguards guaranteed to individuals through the Fourteenth Amendment. When public institutions ignore this protection, the rule of law is in jeopardy. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), an academically advanced Governor's School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ...

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 20, 2021

Moving from equality to equity is unconstitutional and hurts minorities

In a recent Washington Post op-ed column, former neurosurgeon, presidential candidate, and cabinet official Ben Carson makes a sound case against the recent shift toward "equity" as a goal of policy. Carson suggests the enhanced focus on equity, rather than on the more-inclusive "equality," is resurrecting toxic behaviors our society has worked har ...