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Attorney General Miyares Files Amicus Brief Against Discriminatory Admission Policy at Thomas Jefferson High School
~ A court recently ruled that the "holistic review” admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School is discriminatory and an illegal act of racial balancing ~
RICHMOND, VA – Attorney General Jason Miyares filed an amicus brief against the discriminatory and illegal admission process at Thomas Jefferson High School. The Attorney General is fighting against this unconstitutional policy because it unfairly punishes Asian American students due to their race.
"Thomas Jefferson High School has been consistently among the top public schools in the country, and they created and maintained this achievement with a merit-based admissions process. But over the past year, Thomas Jefferson High School changed their policy to prioritize an individual's race over merit. By doing so, Thomas Jefferson High School has discriminated against deserving students and violated the Equal Protection Clause. This is not equality,” said Attorney General Miyares.
The Office of the Attorney General will always fight for the equal protection and treatment of Virginians and therefore believes the Fairfax County School Board's request to reinstate the discriminatory admission process should be denied.
Read the brief HERE.