SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Diversity-Based Admissions Policy in VA

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    The Facts

    • In an unsigned order, SCOTUS has rejected an emergency request to block new admissions standards introduced by the Fairfax County Public School Board in Virginia.

    • In 2020, the school board eliminated the standardized test requirement for admission to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology ("TJ"), a prestigious public magnet school.

    The Spin

    Conservative narrative

    The Fairfax County School Board's new "woke" admissions policies are race-based and discriminatory, and they cannot be allowed to stand. Thankfully, conservative jurists are in charge on the nation's highest court, and once the full case is heard, they will no doubt overturn the policy.

    Progressive narrative

    TJ's new admissions criteria are entirely race-neutral. They set aside flawed standardized tests and allocate spots in the selective school for the top 1.5% of students from each public middle school in the area. It's a fair and equitable approach that should address some of the past injustices in the system.

    Cynical narrative

    The "Shadow Docket" strikes again. The judges on the US' highest court continue to rule by silent decree, without any hint of the legal justifications behind their decision-making. The trend towards secretive, emergency proceedings is harming the perception of law and order.

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