Advocacy and NAACP File Civil Rights Complaint Against Thomas Jefferson High School

According to The Washington Post, an advocacy group called the Coalition of The Silence filed a federal civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education over the disproportionately low number of African-American and Latino students admitted to Fairfax County’s renowned Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The two groups make up 32 percent of the county’s student population but only 4 percent at Thomas Jefferson. The complaint does not outright incriminate Thomas Jefferson High School, but rather makes the case that programs that identify student as gifted early in their schooling favor students from more affluent areas.


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