Virginia high school withheld academic awards for equity reasons, parents claim

December 29, 2022

By Just the News

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, reportedly delayed notifying its students of their receipt of certain academic achievement awards until after the deadlines for early selection at some colleges and universities, which many parents have alleged was done as part of the school district’s alleged efforts to create “equal outcomes for every student, without exception.”

The school received awards from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in October 2022, but did not pass them on to their student recipients until the following month, after many early application deadlines had already passed, according to Fox News Digital. Accordingly, the honored students were unable to list a highly relevant achievement on their applications.

Parents have described an ongoing “war on merit” within the school district.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends First,” on Wednesday, Fairfax County parent Asra Nomani, whose son received a separate Commended Student award in 2020 but allegedly did not receive any notification before his 2021 graduation, said the school had attempted to minimize academic awards.

“This year the entire controversy just blew up because the kids got their certificate, weeks after early college application deadlines, just dropped on their desks as if it was just another piece of paper,” she said, adding that “this is another form of this race to the bottom that the schools are going through right now.”

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