Admissions at the top public school in the U.S. were ruled discriminatory by a federal judge on Friday after the county school system put “equity” measures in place to prevent too many Asians from being admitted.
Based only on the school’s rigorous placement test, the school would admit 72% Asians, which the county considered unfair to other minorities. As a result, they changed the admissions policy to discriminate against Asians.
U.S. District Court Judge Claude Hilton said the adjusted policies were “racially motivated” and that the county “does not treat all applicants to TJ [Thomas Jefferson High School] equally.”
The ruling is a victory for those that oppose the use of racial equity in schools.
Parents had filed a civil rights lawsuit against the school and county public school system upon learning of the discrimination.
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