A college prep course targeting underrepresented families is sparking controversy in a Virginia school district.
An op-ed by Asra Q. Nomani and published in the Fairfax Times called the program targeting Black and Hispanic students as well as those with disabilities, English-language learners and the economically disadvantaged the “Asian exclusion act.”
That was followed by an article in the Daily Mail that proclaimed in the headline “Virginia district bans White and Asian students from college prep program.”
What’s unclear is if Nomani and the Daily Mail don’t think Whites and Asians can come from low-income families or if Asian students can also be “English language learners.”
What sparked Nomani’s anger is a letter sent from Cooper Middle School in the Fairfax School District announcing the class to parents.
The uproar follows an investigation by the state attorney general that Thomas Jefferson High School in the same school district withheld merit awards mostly from Asian students.
“Fairfax County Public Schools deliberately excludes Asian students, who number 34,392 students this 2022-2023 school year, or 19% of the total student population of 181,447 students according to school district data tabulated in February,” Nomani wrote in her op-ed.
The District denied to the Daily Mail that Asians and Whites are prevented from enrolling in the college prep program.
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