Youngkin seeks probe of delayed awards at elite high school


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Tuesday for an investigation of a prestigious high school, after some parents there said they were never notified of academic commendations awarded to their children.

Youngkin asked Attorney General Jason Miyares, a fellow Republican, to launch the probe of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County amid complaints from some parents and activists who say the school chose to withhold the commendations to downplay individual achievement in favor of equity.

“We need to get to the bottom of what appears to be an egregious, deliberate attempt to disadvantage high-performing students at one of the best schools in the country,” Youngkin said in a news release.

Youngkin suggested the failure to notify students of their awards could be a violation of the Virginia Human Rights Act, which bans discrimination on race and other factors. Youngkin’s office did not immediately respond to questions about how the awards relate to human rights.


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