Top-Ranked Virginia High School Slapped With Civil Rights Complaint

Judy Hartnett's picture
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Getting into Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is like winning the lottery, Suzanne Rheault, CEO of the test-prep company Aristotle Circle, told U.S. News in April, calling the No. 2 ranked Best High School the "MIT of high schools."

But that lottery may discriminate against African-American and Latino students, as well as those with disabilities, according to a federal civil rights complaint filed with the Department of Education on Monday.

Only 4 percent of the students enrolled at Thomas Jefferson during the 2009- 2010 school year identified as black or Latino. At nearby Falls Church and Annandale High Schools, both less than four miles from Thomas Jefferson, the percentages were 47 and 46 respectively, according to the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics. All three schools are part of the Fairfax County Public School District in Virginia.

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