Virginia AG Orders Fairfax School to Stop Racial Discrimination Against Asian, White Students in College Prep
Yaron Steinbuch, New York Post, March 10, 2023
The Virginia Attorney General’s Office has sent a scathing letter calling on a middle school to stop enrolling students in its college prep program “based on race” after it excluded white and Asian students in its recruitment efforts.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Christine Lambrou Johnson, head of the state’s Office of Civil Rights, lambasted Copper Middle School Principal Lisa Barrow for violating state and federal laws.
Administrators at the school in McLean recently notified parents about the program for eighth-graders – but only for certain national or ethnic groups.
The students were invited to sign up for the College Partnership Program if they were “Black or African American students” or “Hispanic students, of one or more race,” the Fairfax County Times reported.
Other categories listed by Johnson were: “Students who are the first in their family to attend college in the U.S.,” “Students with disabilities,” “English learners” and “Economically disadvantaged students.”
The woke district’s letter didn’t cite Asian or white students as being qualified for the program.
“It has come to the attention of this Office that Cooper Middle School is engaging in conduct in contravention of the Virginia Human Rights Act … and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution,” Johnson wrote.
“It appears that Cooper Middle School is soliciting and selecting applicants to the College Partnership Program based on race, color, and national origin,” she continued.
Johnson said the matter was being investigated by the state Office of Civil Rights.
“Please cease and desist the illegal conduct of soliciting and selecting applicants to the College Partnership Program based on race, color, and national origin,” she wrote.
Johnson informed Barrow that she had six days to provide evidence that the school has “retracted and corrected” its March 1 email and begun “conducting the application process for the College Partnership Program in nondiscriminatory and legal manner.”
If the school fails to comply, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares could file a lawsuit against it for violating the state Human Rights Act.
“It’s shocking that we continue to find such blatant examples of racial and ethnic discrimination in the Fairfax County Public School System,” Miyares said in a statement, according to the news outlet.