We love Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, and we congratulate every student accepted for admission into the TJ Class of 2025. Fairfax County Public Schools has also broken the hearts of many deserving students by waging a crusade against Asian students at the school, first by proposing a random lottery and later by implementing the current race-balanced “holistic” admissions system that amounts to social engineering.
School district leaders eliminated the merit-based, race-blind admissions test to the school and replaced it with a race-based admissions process that targeted Asian students with discrimination.
The percentage of Asian students offered admissions to TJ plummeted from 73 percent last year to 54 percent this year. Asians were the only demographic group whose numbers decreased from last year to this year, while the number of white students in this TJ class increased a whopping 43 percent to 123 students accepted this year from 86 last year.
We seek fairness for all families and students, and we reject the racism of the ideology of “critical race theory” that promotes admissions lotteries and race quotas while killing merit. We will continue to fight for an American Dream in which all people have equal protection under the law.
By Erin Wilcox
It all started with an email.
Last summer, as George Floyd’s death rocked the nation and COVID-19 kept many Fairfax County Public Schools students at home, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology principal Dr. Ann Bonitatibus sent an email urging students and parents to “think of the privileges you hold that others may not.”
By Harry Jackson
Many TJ parents and students protested the removal of a race-blind admissions process to TJ. When our concerns were dismissed, our only option to protect TJ’s commitment to excellence was to file suit in federal court. We argue that the new subjective race-based admission standards, aimed at achieving a “better” racial balance at TJ, violate the constitutional rights of the school’s Asian students.
Media can download our photos and videos for free use at this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1daKLrJjCqrnGkmtmC7ZcXFFNoCNCjKer?usp=sharing. We hope you will know our families and recognize they are ordinary families like all of us.
Watch our March 10, 2021, press conference. Pacific Legal Foundation attorney Erin Wilcox outlined our lawsuit suing Fairfax County Public Schools for discrimination. Hear our parents.
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By Hannah Natanson
Fairfax County Public Schools is facing a second lawsuit over changes officials made last year to the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, its flagship STEM magnet school.The suit, filed in federal court Wednesday, alleges the changes are discriminatory against Asian Americans and therefore violate the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.
By Matthew Barakat
Erin Wilcox, a lawyer with the Pacific Legal Foundation, said at a press conference Wednesday that the policies themselves are discriminatory,
but the intent is made even more clear by statements
from board members who said they want the changes
to result in a student body with a racial makeup that matches the county's demographics.
By Emily Leayman
The Coalition with TJ's lawsuit claims the admissions changes intend to reduce the number of Asian American students admitted to the school.
On Wednesday, the Coalition for TJ filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the admissions changes at Thomas High School for Science and Technology.
By FOX 5 Digital Team and Sierra Fox
were made to purposely reduce the number of
Asian-American students accepted.
At a disturbing time of increased attacks against Asian Americans nationwide, the Coalition for TJ, representing about 15,000 mostly Asian, mostly immigrant families of color supporting Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, strongly objects to racist anti-Asian views expressed by Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas, the Virginia NAACP and the Fairfax NAACP in recent days.
Co-sponsors: Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Black Student Fund, Coalition for TJ, Hispanics for STEM, Chinese American Parents Association of Fairfax County, Young Asian Pacific American Leaders
We are a group of parents, students, alumni, staff, and community members of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Twitter : @CoalitionForTJ
Facebook : Coalition for TJ
Email : CoalitionForTJ@gmail.com
We are parents, students and community members advocating for diversity and excellence at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. We support increasing diversity through merit-based admissions to TJ.
There is an effort underway in the Virginia Governor’s office and in the Fairfax County Public Schools school board and administration to replace TJ’s race-blind admissions with a "lottery" system, a change that will impact the curriculum at TJ and its academics. We encourage you to get educated. Join our efforts to save TJ and stand up for our families and students.
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