Virginia parents outraged at high school withholding merit awards in na
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Tue Jan 3 10:21:05 2023
By Kristen Altus
Published January 2, 2023
After a top-ranked Virginia high school withheld academic merit awards
in the name of "equity," parents are expressing their outrage at administrators’ response and the ultimate "sabotage" of students’
college and career futures.
Jackson said more than 1,200 students and their families in Alexandria
are impacted by the school’s decision to delay the notification of
Commended Student awards given by the National Merit Scholarship
Corporation, which recognizes top-performing high schoolers nationwide.
He argued that the policy was motivated by trying to avoid "hurt
feelings" of other students.
Additional Thomas Jefferson High parents, like Asra Nomani and original whistleblower Shawna Yashar, have also accused the school of late award distributions which came weeks after many colleges’ early application deadlines.