SCOTUS rejects parents’ plea to suspend prestigious high school’s admissions policy

A prestigious Virginia high school that has been accused by parents of discriminating against potential Asian American students with regards to its controversial admissions policies will be able to carry on the practice, according to a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.

According to The Hill, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology was even blocked by the lower courts from using the admissions policy, thanks to U.S. District Judge Claude Hilton, who was convinced by Coalition for TJ, a concerned parents’ group. 

The Fairfax County School Board is already appealing the lower courts’ ruling that a new policy that has boosted Black and Hispanic representation amounted to impermissible ‘racial balancing’ at the selective school, parents argued.

The Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, located near Washington D.C., is often ranked as one of the best high schools in the entire country.

“Asian American students constituted more than 70% of the student body. Under the new policy, used to admit the school’s current freshman class, Asian American representation decreased to 54%. Black students increased from 1% to 7% and Hispanic representation increased from 3% to 11%,” The Hill explained.

That statistic was widely celebrated by many on social media, who claimed that the school’s Asian American population was far too high.

The admissions policy was suspended by the federal judge, but a federal appeals court said it would be allowed to continue to use it while the matter is litigated.

Though SCOTUS didn’t offer an explanation as to why it rejected the parents’ group’s plea to suspend the policy once more, The Hill noted that Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas all said they would have granted the request, for what’s it’s worth.