A choose on Tuesday refused to subject an injunction to cease an elite Northern Virginia highschool from altering its admissions insurance policies.
Fairfax County Public Colleges is overhauling the admissions course of at Thomas Jefferson Excessive College for Science and Know-how, which has been ranked as the highest public highschool within the nation.
The college board hopes the adjustments will enhance variety on the faculty, which has lengthy failed to draw Black and Hispanic college students. Standardized exams which have lengthy been a part of the admissions course of have been scrapped in favor of a extra holistic evaluate.
Supporters of the prevailing system sued, citing state rules designating TJ as a faculty for the gifted and stating that giftedness needs to be measured by a standardized take a look at.
Circuit Court docket Choose John Tran declined to subject an injunction that will instantly bar the adjustments from taking impact, however the lawsuit itself can nonetheless go ahead.
A conservative authorized group can also be weighing a problem primarily based on racial discrimination in opposition to Asian People who at the moment make up a majority of the scholar physique.