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Loudoun County School Board Sends Letter to Fairfax County School Board Expressing Concerns Over Changes to “TJ” Admissions Process


See below for a letter from the Loudoun County School Board, listing its collective concerns over proposed changes (by Fairfax County Schools Superintendent Scott Brabrand on September 15) admissions at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”). The main concerns by the Loudoun County School Board members, as expressed to the Fairfax County School Board, are: 1) “the proposal to limit Loudoun to 62 seats per class,” down from 98 this year; 2) the “Merit Lottery” idea; 3) “the unintended consequences of raising the GPA requirement to 3.5 and eliminating any skills testing or cognitive testing whatsoever as part of the application process”; and 4) what they believe is a need for a regional governing board for TJ.

It will be interesting to see how this gets resolved, in the end, but clearly there are some serious differences here between the Loudoun County School Board and the Fairfax County Schools Superintendent. Stay tuned…

P.S. For VA Secretary of Education Atif Qarni’s thoughts on this overall topic, see here.

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