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Elite Loudoun School Lowered Admissions Standards To Appease NAACP Activists


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Activists in Loudoun County, Virginia’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) played a role in lowering the admissions standards for an elite magnet school, according to documents reviewed by the Daily Caller.

 

The NAACP Loudoun Branch obtained “stakeholder” status in “developing the process” Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) uses “to revise its admissions criteria and implement procedures,” according to a Terms of Conciliation agreement between the school district and the NAACP.

The NAACP sued LCPS in May 2019 alleging that the district had “discriminatory practices” in admissions to its magnet school Academies of Loudoun. Former Attorney General Mark Herring ruled that the school’s admissions standards resulted in “a discriminatory disparate impact on Black/African-American and Latinx/Hispanic students.”

The activist organization said in the Terms of Conciliation that its goal is to “promote the racial and ethnic diversity of admitted students, specifically black and brown students.”

Examples of admissions changes that the NAACP requested included developing an “equitable” admissions criteria based on “interest” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects. Activists also called for lowering the final acceptable grade in a class to a “C” and lowering the number of prerequisite courses and assessments.:snip:

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