High School Withholds Academic Honors In the Name Of Equity

(Republicaninformer.com)- This week, Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin called on Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares to investigate a Fairfax County school in which students received notification of certain scholarships and academic honors too late to have them included on college applications, a delay many parents claim was done to advance the school’s equity agenda.

In late December, parents from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology accused the school of deliberately delaying notifying their children of the academic scholarships they received until after the deadlines for early application at some universities.

According to the parents, the “war on merit” was part of an effort to create “equal outcomes for every student, without exception.”

Thomas Jefferson High School has denied any wrongdoing, arguing that it has worked with students to help them include the academic merits in their college applications, even reaching out to colleges who already received applications to provide them with updated credentials.

In a letter to Attorney General Miryares on Tuesday, Governor Younkin referenced the Loudoun County School Board’s  mishandling of a sexual assault scandal, saying just as parents in Virginia “deserve answers and assurances” that their children’s safety “will never be compromised,” parents “also deserve transparency when it comes to student achievements.”

Youngkin said in his letter that he was “stunned” by the news about the National Merit Awards being “withheld from students” at Thomas Jefferson High School.

He urged Miyares to look into whether the decision “may have caused material harm to those students and their parents” and to determine if the school’s “failure” violated the Virginia Human Rights Act.

In response to Youngkin’s letter, Fairfax County Public Schools said it shares the governor’s desire “to get to the facts” and said the district had “initiated a third-party, independent investigation” to look into the matter.

According to the district, the “preliminary understanding” is that the delay was “a unique situation due to human error.” However, the district will examine the records “in further detail” and will present its findings to the public.