Matthew Barakat / APPacific Legal Foundation attorney Erin Wilcox speaks at a news conference outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia, on March 10, 2021. (Matthew Barakat / AP)
A conservative legal group sued a northern Virginia school district on March 10, arguing that its attempts to get more black and Hispanic students into a selective public high school discriminate against Asian-Americans.
The Pacific Legal Foundation’s lawsuit against the Fairfax County School Board was prompted by the school system’s decision to overhaul the admissions process at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Located in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, the high school is frequently ranked as the best in the country. The student body is 70 percent Asian-American.
The school board voted last year to eliminate a standardized test that had been a key part of the evaluation process. It also set aside a specific number of spots