Most Americans have become acquainted with the Loudoun County Virginia School Board as their mask mandates and critical race theory controversy garnered national headlines. But now, another Virginia school board just one county over is in the hot seat over an “equity” policy that a federal judge ruled discriminates against Asian students.
On Thursday night, the entire Fairfax County Virginia School Board fled their own meeting as Asian parents accused them of racism after they changed a magnet school’s admission process in the name of “equity” but which parents say was really intended to exclude Asians.
The Fairfax County School Board fled its own meeting mid-session last night after an Asian mom brought copies of the book Race to the Bottom for them, and the parents began chanting “racist! racist!” at the board, which broke the law to get rid of Asians at its math school. pic.twitter.com/V2VWc7LHPt
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) March 11, 2022
As it turns out, a federal judge agreed.
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In February, Judge Claude Hilton ruled that the equity-based policy in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) “disproportionately deprived” Asian students. The Judge also noted in his ruling that “the discussion of admissions changes was infected with talk of racial balancing from its inception.”
The Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology, a magnet school in the county, at one time boasted the highest math scores in the nation. However, in its wisdom, the Fairfax County school board decided that the merit-based admissions process for the school lacked “equity.”
The math test used in the admissions process was scrapped for a new process which considers how “disadvantaged” a student is. The end result is that Thomas Jefferson school must now offer remedial math to students.
A federal judge ruled today that Fairfax County Public Schools broke the law by committing racial discrimination in the name of “equity.”
The FCPS school board turned the top-performing math school in the nation into a school that provided remedial math to get rid of Asians.
— Luke Rosiak (@lukerosiak) February 25, 2022
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Fairfax County Parents Understandably Outraged
On Thursday, the entire Fairfax County school board headed for the exit as a group of Asian parents shouted “racist.”
The outburst by the parents followed the federal judge’s ruling that its new admissions policy illegally discriminated against Asian students. The Fairfax County school board had decided to appeal the ruling instead of returning to a merit-based admissions process for the school.
One of the parents involved in the lawsuit is Asra Nomani. She did not hold back at Thursday night’s meeting.
“For the last two years you have been trying to make us invisible, but a federal judge has ruled that in fact you are going to go down in history just like I told you would, just like the school board in Brown vs. Board. You are the new face of racism.”
Nomani wasn’t done.
Even as a security guard started toward her she stated, “Your equity plan didn’t think about the Asians, did you. We were on the wrong side of brown for you.” The crowd, some of them immigrants began to yell “racist.”
At that point, the board decided they had had enough, called for a recess, and ran behind the stage.
After the fact, Nomani thanked Daily Wire’s Luke Rosiak for “being a witness”.
This really happened: “Fairfax School Board Flees Meeting As Asian Moms Chant ‘Racist!’ At Them.”
Thank you@LukeRosiakfor being a witness. Ironically I was giving them copies of Luke’s book because@fcpsnewsis truly in a #RaceToTheBottom https://t.co/m7jSTuUIjF
— Asra Q. Nomani 🐻 (@AsraNomani) March 11, 2022
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Plan To Oust Asian Students Not New
The plan to oust Asian students from Thomas Jefferson School for Science and Technology is not a new one. A January report by Breitbart News revealed documents that came to light during the lawsuit showing that school board members were knowingly attempting to implement an admissions policy that would discriminate against Asians.
New documents released in a federal lawsuit against the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board over admissions to an elite high school reveal school board members knowingly pursued a policy discriminatory against Asian students. https://t.co/xjlnWnfJYN
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 12, 2022
A series of text messages also revealed that board members were aware that there could be a perception of anti-Asian bias with the new admissions policies. Court documents also showed that the board falsified some numbers in order to get race-based results for a scoring process.
Of course, discrimination against Asian students is nothing new at every level of education. Back in January, the Supreme Court heard a case involving race-based admissions policies at both Harvard and the University of North Carolina.
The lawsuit argued that both schools have admissions policies that result in “race balancing,” and could potentially discriminate against Asian students who may have higher college entrance test scores but are still rejected for racial quotas.
Both schools have denied any wrongdoing regarding their admissions policies. The Supreme Court is expected to take up the case in its next term which begins in October.
A group of Fairfax County parents rallied outside a school board meeting Thursday to protest the ‘unfair’ admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School https://t.co/9cy9OiOsik pic.twitter.com/448FRuWApc
— 7News DC (@7NewsDC) March 11, 2022