Civil Rights Groups Submit Amicus Brief Urging Support for Admission Policies that Protect Equal Educational Opportunities

March 24, 2022

We urge the Court to grant the Fairfax County School Board’s motion to protect the public interest and prevent further harm to students of color.

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 urging the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to grant Fairfax County School Board’s motion to stay the trial court’s disruptive ruling changing, mid-cycle, admission policies at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) that removed barriers to education opportunities for Black and Latino students, low-income and English Language Learner (ELL) students, including Asian Americans, and students from historically underrepresented schools. Despite the admission policies’ success in bringing one of the most diverse student classes to TJ in more than a decade, last month a Virginia federal court blocked revisions to the admission process in Coalition for TJ v. Fairfax County School Board.