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Supreme Court declines to block top high school’s admissions policy despite claims it is ‘anti-Asian’

US Supreme Court anti asian admissions policy
  • The Supreme Court declined to block a new admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) that seeks to improve diversity of its student body by eliminating standardized testing and considering applicant backgrounds.
  • Prior to the implementation of the new policy, Asian Americans composed at least 65% of TJHSST’s new admissions.
  • Coalition for TJ, a group that includes parents of Asian American students, slammed the new system as discriminatory and sued Fairfax County Public Schools, which oversees TJHSST.
  • A federal judge ruled in favor of the coalition in February, but an appeals court stayed the decision, which allowed TJHSST to continue enforcing its new admissions process for another year.
  • The coalition then filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court, maintaining that the new system harms the interests of Asian American applicants.
  • The Supreme Court’s decision precedes similar cases it will hear later this year involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block an elite Virginia high school’s new admissions policy aimed at improving student diversity.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), one of the nation’s top high schools, eliminated standardized testing and began considering “experience factors” as part of its new admissions criteria in 2020.