“Brabrand’s resignation follows more than a year of controversy between factions of parents and district leaders”
Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia was sued for alleged anti-Asian discrimination. Following the decision to end the entrance exam, Asian admissions dropped significantly. This debacle might have something to do with the superintendent’s decision.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
Superintendent Who Eliminated Entrance Exam at Nation’s Top High School To Resign
The Fairfax County Public Schools superintendent who eliminated the entrance exam at the nation’s top high school announced he will leave his post next year.
Scott Brabrand will not renew his contract with Fairfax, Va., public schools after it expires in July 2022, according to a Thursday district news release. Brabrand touted his top accomplishments in the announcement, including “embedding an equity focus” and “broadening access” to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The latter effort spurred two groups of parents to sue the district for anti-Asian discrimination.
Brabrand’s resignation follows more than a year of controversy between factions of parents and district leaders, which began last spring after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. In October, the district approved Brabrand’s proposal to dismantle the merit-based admissions process for Thomas Jefferson—often ranked as the nation’s top high school—as part of the district’s focus on “equity.”
“We have heard from many members of the TJ community—current and former—who have raised concerns about diversity at the school,” Brabrand said in a statement at the time. “TJ must reflect the diversity, equity, and inclusiveness that is core to the mission and values of Fairfax County Public Schools.”
In December, the district adopted a quota system to boost black and Hispanic enrollment. The updated admissions process capped the number of students that each of Fairfax’s middle schools could send to Thomas Jefferson. The three middle schools known for feeding students to Thomas Jefferson have largely Asian-American populations, and as a result, the updated admissions process cut the number of Asian students admitted to the following year’s freshman class By 16 Percent. The number of white students admitted rose by 43 percent.
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