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SCOTUS Turns Down Case on VA High School Admissions Policy Which Increases Diversity

HeadlineFeb 21, 2024

Back in the U.S., the Supreme Court rejected a case challenging the admissions policy at a prestigious Virginia high school which has increased the school’s diversity. The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology — frequently ranked the country’s top school — changed its admissions policy in 2020, resulting in a 6% increase in Latinx students and an 8% boost in Black students. The new policy also allowed for more low-income students, English-language learners and girls to be accepted into the school. Plaintiffs argued the policy discriminates against Asian Americans, whose representation in the student body fell from roughly 70% to 50%. In 2023, the Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions.

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