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

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  • 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. 

Body of missing Virginia woman found, $40,000 reward offered for ‘most wanted’ ex-boyfriend

  • Hannah Choi, 35, who has been missing since March 6, was found dead in Charles County, Maryland, last Thursday.
  • Choi was last seen with her ex-boyfriend, Joel Mosso Merino, on the evening of March 5 in their shared home in Alexandria, Virginia.
  • Police believe the pair got into an argument that led to Choi sustaining a “significant injury.”
  • Merino, who was last seen in the Atlanta area, has been charged with second-degree murder and felony disposal of a body.
  • Police announced a $40,000 reward for information that will lead to Merino’s arrest.

Hannah Choi of Fairfax County, Virginia, first reported missing on March 6, was found dead in nearby Charles County, Maryland, last Thursday, authorities confirmed at a press conference on Monday.

A passerby found Choi’s remains in a wooded area on the 1100 block of Overlook Drive in Accokeek, an area within Piscataway Park. They then called 911.

Man Accused of Assaulting Sushi Restaurant Owner After Trying to Skip $70 Bill in Virginia

Police in Arlington, Virginia are looking for a man who allegedly assaulted an Asian American restaurant owner and used racial slurs against her and her son on May 4.

What happened: Henry Kim and his mother, who own Bonsai Grill in Crystal City, said the attack occurred when they followed the man after he left their restaurant without paying for roughly $70 worth of sushi rolls.

Filipino American Community in Virginia Bands Together to Find Missing Mom

The friends and family of 39-year-old Filipina-American mother Bellamy Malaki Gamboa have organized a search party after Virginia State Police initiated a “Critically Missing Adult Alert” or “Ashanti Alert” on July 5.

People close to Gamboa gathered around the Philippine Cultural Center on Saturday afternoon to increase the search effort for the missing mother by handing out fliers to passersby.

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