Thomas Jefferson School Dome

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is a regional magnet school on Braddock Road in Fairfax County. 

The Supreme Court has ruled that a controversial new admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology can stand for now.

Earlier this year, a federal judge found the Fairfax County magnet school illegally discriminated against Asian Americans after the school board voted Dec. 17 to overhaul the admissions process. 

The high court did not explain its order Monday allowing the school to continue using its admissions policy while the Fairfax County School Board appeals the lower court ruling, the Associated Press reported.

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas said they would have granted the request from the parents’ group, Coalition for TJ, to suspend the admissions policy, the AP reported.

Thomas Jefferson, or TJ, is available to students across Northern Virginia who meet certain admissions criteria.

The February ruling from U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton "found that impermissible 'racial balancing' was at the core of the plan to overhaul admissions to the elite school.

"In 2020, the Fairfax County School Board significantly revamped the admissions process at the school," the AP wrote. "A standardized test that had been a linchpin of the admissions process was scrapped in favor of a system that set aside equal numbers of TJ slots at each of the county’s middle schools, among other changes."

The Coalition for TJ said in a statement that they were hopeful "we would win this battle to vacate the stay in the highest court of the land, but our struggle for justice is not over. We are not at all dissuaded.”


(12) comments

Abbey Sinclair

The decades-old NoVa charade continues - People with the Gold make the Rules. Whether it's the REIT / Real Estate crowd who are awarded mega millions in "bonus density" to build affordable housing that's unaffordable for the workforce, or an Elistist public STEM school off-limits to workforce children because their parents can't pay what it costs to be admitted. Bonus bucks to the Greedy Media Elite who keep these charades going and growing.

Casey Avatar

I don't know about anyone else but admission has always been based on tests, and for a reason. If you don't score high enough on the test then you are more than likely destined to fail. This has been proved over and over again in college level admissions. Admittance base on equality in college level academics has a very high failure rate, numbers don't lie. Why should anyone think this will be any different and is it really fair to the student that may struggle with the curriculum?

Janet Smith

What's the harm from 12 and 13-year old children attending STEM summer camp and taking test prep courses, regardless of parents' income? Can't do it, poor kids might be admitted to this quasi-private taxpayer funded Elitist school.

Ron Hilton

Discrimination of Asians (because they are "too smart") is disgusting no matter what the reason. Standard testing is blind to favorite colors of people.

Janet Smith

Who said anything about Asians? Test prep courses and STEM enrichment activities work. Let's give everyone an equal opportunity, no matter what their parents' income.

Duke Nukem

Hello? This whole thing is about discriminated against Asian Americans [sleeping]

Donald Quella

For what this ongoing litigation will cost every 12 and 13 year-old who seeks to apply for admission to TJ can take a test prep course and attend a STEM summer camp. Where, by the way, is the philanthropy by the thousands of M.D. and Ph.D. T.J alumni? Oh, forgot, philanthropy (meaning giving without expecting some financial benefit in return) is so rare in NoVa as to be non-existent.

Lynne June

Speak for yourself, Donald Quella. Philanthropy is alive and well in NoVa. What’s their responsibility for funding test prep for kids? Test prep doesn’t guarantee entrance into TJ, just as not taking test prep doesn’t mean that you won’t do well on the tests. Ask my immigrant Vietnamese neighbors whose kids were disciplined, set goals, worked hard from day one, and had parental support. Today, neither student would probably be admitted due to the new admissions standards.

Donald Quella

Speaking for myself and fellow taxpayers who are sick of paying while the Elitists (who are more than capable of financing their own STEM high school with whatever selective admissions criteria they choose) play.

Janet Smith

[thumbup]to bright kids whose parents don't have thousands to spend on test prep and STEM enrichment.

Paul Benedict

The SC will allow the racism to stand while the appeal goes forward.

Duke Nukem

Really struck out with 2 of those appointees Trump did...and the Chief is a disgrace. It's funny how liberals put on the court are so extreme and always reliable. Imagine if any Republican president selected someone sympathetic to child predators. They would have zero chance to get even 1 vote. I think the next time a Republican president is in office we may need to revisit those made up accusations against Justice Kavanaugh and get him off the court.

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