Jul 27, 2012

Two groups have filed a complaint with the Department of Education, arguing that Latino and black students are disproportionately underrepresented at Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, one of the most prestigious schools in the nation.

Filed by the Fairfax chapter of the NAACP and the Coalition of The Silence, the federal complaint alleges that these minorities are discriminated against when it comes to admission to Thomas Jefferson, known as TJ.

“Enormous disparities in the admission of Black and Latino students to TJ – a public high school currently ranked among the best in the nation – is simply unacceptable.” former Fairfax County School Board member Tina Hone, founder of the Coalition of The Silence, said in a statement.

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