COALITION FOR TJ V. FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
Public magnet school limits opportunities for Asian American students
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology—commonly referred to as TJ—is the top-ranked public high school in the nation. For decades, admission to TJ was merit-based and race-blind, which meant TJ provided many low-income, minority, and immigrant students an opportunity they didn’t have elsewhere: the opportunity to attend a top school regardless of their family’s income, race, or status. But even though the majority of TJ’s student body were minorities, the school board and superintendent decided they were the wrong kind of minority. TJ scrapped the admissions test and implemented a system designed to admit fewer Asian American students and more black and Hispanic students. Represented by PLF, TJ students and families are fighting to end the new discriminatory admissions system and re-implement race-blind admissions.