Amicus Brief in Support of Admissions Policies that Promote Equal Educational Opportunities

September 16, 2021

Advancing Justice | AAJC, NAACP — LDF, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF filed to submit an amicus brief Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax County School Board

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Legal Brief

Civil rights groups Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC (Advancing Justice - AAJC), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, together with law firm Arnold & Porter, filed an amicus brief in support of more equitable access to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) in the case Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax County School Board. This case challenges and seeks a preliminary injunction against revisions to TJHSST’s admissions process that provide greater access for multiple underrepresented and disadvantaged groups.

Last year’s revisions to admissions policies at TJHSST broadened access for Black and Latinx students, female students, as well as economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, and students with disabilities, including Asian American students in these groups. The brief is in response to the Coalition for TJ’s efforts to block the changes in admission policies that already took effect last school year from being implemented again for this upcoming admissions cycle.