Disputed school admissions policy OK’d pending appeal

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Published: Apr. 1, 2022 at 9:17 AM EDT
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has granted a request from a Virginia school system to continue using a challenged admissions policy while it appeals a ruling that found it discriminates against Asian American students.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling Thursday that Fairfax County Public Schools can continue to use its new admissions policy at the highly selective Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

A judge rejected the new policy in a February ruling, saying that impermissible “racial balancing” was at its core.

The school is often ranked as one of the best public high schools in the country.

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