Updated report following the NAACP's Tuesday night press conference: Nov. 13, 4:45 p.m.

The Virginia attorney general's human rights division is investigating Loudoun County Public Schools for human rights violations involving discrimination.

On Tuesday night, the Loudoun County NAACP held a press conference at the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building in Ashburn to discuss the investigation, which was sparked by local NAACP leaders. The Office of the Attorney General notified the Loudoun NAACP in October that it was accepting and investigating complaints of discrimination. The investigation falls under the Virginia Human Rights Act.

“Not since desegregation of public schools has the attorney general had to take such a robust stance,” Loudoun NAACP President Michelle Thomas said in an interview with the Times-Mirror.

As part of the investigation, the human rights division is seeking information from the Academies including methods to recruit students, criteria to evaluate students and how it is established. The division is also seeking information about planned or implemented responses to the findings listed in an independent equity assessment.

Since being notified the complaint was accepted, the Loudoun NAACP has collected testimony from parents, current and former students and teachers that say they were “denied access to a challenging curriculum” and “experienced discipline disparities … and unfair hiring and career advancements.”

“I guess the most heartbreaking complaint coming from parents is attempting to advocate for their children and [they] have been completely mistreated,” Loudoun NAACP Education Committee Chair Robin Burke said.

In March, the local NAACP branch called for an investigation from the school system into the admissions process for the Academies of Loudoun. The NAACP was concerned with the small number of black students being accepted into the specialized schools housed within The Academies.

The Academies opened in August 2018 and sits on 120 acres off Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The Academies houses Loudoun’s science, technology, engineering and career and vocational tech programs, and it's made up of the Academy of Science, Academy of Engineering and Technology and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy.

The biggest concern with The Academies, according to NAACP officials, is the renowned school's application process that reviews previous grades, scores and requires further testing.

For the 2018 school year, 2,116 students applied for the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering and Technology, including 65 black students, according to a report from the schools. Only one black student was accepted along with two American Indian and Pacific Islander students. Asian (353) and white (104) students made up the top two ethnicity groups accepted.

In late February, an ad hoc committee on equity was created by the Loudoun School Board after community leaders and advocates asked LCPS to commit to assessing equity across the division, including the under-representation of African American students in the Academies.

Thomas said the schools were “not open to mediating this problem,” which led to the NAACP chapter filing a complaint with the Virginia attorney general’s office. Thomas said it wasn’t until after the schools received a notice from the attorney general’s office that the school division extended its application process and waived any fees.

"Hopefully with this investigation they’ll be able to recognize the error of their ways and how the denial of admission to AOL actually denies the human rights of students, because this is based on a particular bias and hopefully after realizing the seriousness of what they are doing we’ll be able to mediate and make some immediate changes,” Thomas said.

The NAACP chapter met with school officials in August to resolve instances of students being denied access to challenging curriculum and special education, according to Thomas. Also addressed were hiring concerns and promoting diverse candidates.

The NAACP requested the schools review cases in which “highly qualified” African American students were passed over for the Academies of Loudoun due to a “flawed system.”

Over the past two years, an average of 66 African American students have applied for enrollment into the Academies of Loudoun, according to NAACP leaders. Only four students have been offered admission during that period of time.

Loudoun County Public Schools issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying it "is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, equitable, respectful and supportive learning environment for every student."

"LCPS is cooperating fully with an investigation by the Virginia attorney general’s office into allegations that some students were denied equal opportunities to participate in the Academies of Loudoun, and LCPS’ actions in response to an equity assessment that was commissioned by the superintendent and published in June," the school system's statement reads. "LCPS has initially provided a partial response to the attorney general's comprehensive inquiry, and is developing the remaining information required to provide a complete response."

To address such issues, the school system in September released a systemic equity assessment of racial equity from consulting firm The Equity Collaborative. The firm provided a 23-page report, which included recommendations for the school division following multiple interviews and focus groups with students, parents, community members, teachers and school leaders.

Loudoun County Public Schools also created a director of equity position and hired its first director to provide a system-wide focus to creating more equity across the system, and implemented initiatives to address the NAACP's concerns with diverse hiring, requiring all teachers to take equity and cultural competence training, expanded after-school STEM programs in the elementary schools to identify high achieving, economically vulnerable students with the goal of helping them plan and prepare for academically rigorous coursework in middle and high school. A school system spokesperson said these initiatives were in place prior to the inquiry by the human rights division.

On Tuesday, NAACP leaders addressed dozens of people in a small room in Ashburn about the significance of the investigation. A couple speakers took the message to school board meeting later in the evening.

NAACP Vice President Amanda Tandy said the investigation brings awareness to the entire state. She hopes with the diverse populations and any growing frictions across the commonwealth, more discussions will be had to benefit all children.

"If it's happening here, then that means it's probably happening in other places," Tandy said.

Thomas said another group that has had challenges is the Muslim community. She introduced All Dulles Area Muslim Society Chairman Rizwan Jaka.

The ADAMS chairman said it’s important for the various community groups to get involved to prevent cases of bullying, assault and discrimination. "We need to as a community make sure that we are engaged in the interfaith community, making sure that we are responding to the challenges that our children and our youth are facing within the schools," Jaka said. "I've been involved in cases of bullying and assault, where kids have been assaulted for who they are because they are Muslim and other faith groups, and I've seen the challenges of the response and definitely we have to bring these things to light."

Thomas said the group is still accepting any complaints of discrimination regardless of race, religion, nationality, abilities or disabilities. Complaints can be emailed to education@naacploudoun.org. On Thursday, the NAACP will hold a town hall meeting on the matter to create solutions at Riverside High School Library at 6 p.m.

The group expects to hear back from the attorney general's office about LCPS' response in December.

Thomas said, "... in order to fix what is broken it's going to require all of our help, all of our input. It's going to require that every time an instance in a case comes up that you are brave enough to report it because LCPS cannot fix what they don't know about and the attorney general's office cannot provide oversight to what is not seen."

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Original report: Nov. 12, 1:38 p.m.

The Virginia attorney general's human rights division is investigating Loudoun County Public Schools for human rights violations involving discrimination.

The Loudoun County NAACP this morning announced a Tuesday night press conference at the Loudoun County Public Schools administration building in Ashburn to discuss the investigation, which was sparked by local NAACP leaders.

The Office of the Attorney General notified the Loudoun NAACP in October that it was accepting and investigating complaints of discrimination. The investigation falls under the Virginia Human Rights Act.

“Not since desegregation of public schools has the attorney general had to take such a robust stance,” Loudoun NAACP President Michelle Thomas said in an interview with the Times-Mirror.

Since being notified the complaint was accepted, the Loudoun NAACP has collected testimony from parents, current and former students and teachers that say they were “denied access to a challenging curriculum” and “experienced discipline disparities … and unfair hiring and career advancements.”

“I guess the most heartbreaking complaint coming from parents is attempting to advocate for their children and [they] have been completely mistreated,” Loudoun NAACP Education Committee Chair Robin Burke said.

In March, the local NAACP branch called for an investigation from the school system into the admissions process for the Academies of Loudoun. The NAACP was concerned with the small number of black students being accepted into the specialized schools housed within The Academies.

The Academies opened in August 2018 and sits on 120 acres off Sycolin Road in Leesburg. The Academies houses Loudoun’s science, technology, engineering and career and vocational tech programs, and it's made up of the Academy of Science, Academy of Engineering and Technology and Monroe Advanced Technical Academy.

The biggest concern with The Academies, according to NAACP officials, is the renowned school's application process that reviews previous grades, scores and requires further testing.

For the 2018 school year, 2,116 students applied for the Academy of Science and Academy of Engineering and Technology, including 65 black students, according to a report from the schools. Only one black student was accepted along with two American Indian and Pacific Islander students. Asian (353) and white (104) students made up the top two ethnicity groups accepted.

In late February, an ad hoc committee on equity was created by the Loudoun School Board after community leaders and advocates asked LCPS to commit to assessing equity across the division, including the under-representation of African American students in the Academies.

Loudoun County Public Schools Public Information Officer Wayde Byard in March said the schools are “committed to a rigorous and equitable admissions process for all three program.”

Thomas said the NAACP chapter met with school officials in August to resolve instances of students being denied access to challenging curriculum and special education. Also addressed were hiring concerns and promoting diverse candidates.

The NAACP requested the schools review cases in which “highly qualified” African American students were passed over for the Academies of Loudoun due to a “flawed system.”

Over the past two years, an average of 66 African American students have applied for enrollment into the Academies of Loudoun, according to NAACP leaders. Only four students have been offered admission during that period of time.

African American students have made up 3 percent of students enrolled into the Academy of Science since 2009, according to NAACP officials.

Thomas said the schools were “not open to mediating this problem,” which led to the NAACP chapter filing a complaint with the Virginia attorney general’s office. Thomas said it wasn’t until after the schools received a notice from the attorney general’s office that the school division extended its application process and waived any fees.

"Hopefully with this investigation they’ll be able to recognize the error of their ways and how the denial of admission to AOL actually denies the human rights of students, because this is based on a particular bias and hopefully after realizing the seriousness of what they are doing we’ll be able to mediate and make some immediate changes,” Thomas said.

In September, the school system released a systemic equity assessment of racial equity from consulting firm The Equity Collaborative. The firm provided a 23-page report, which included recommendations for the school division following multiple interviews and focus groups with students, parents, community members, teachers and school leaders.

Loudoun County Public Schools issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying it "is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, equitable, respectful and supportive learning environment for every student."

"LCPS is cooperating fully with an investigation by the Virginia attorney general’s office into allegations that some students were denied equal opportunities to participate in the Academies of Loudoun, and LCPS’ actions in response to an equity assessment that was commissioned by the superintendent and published in June," the school system's statement reads. "LCPS has initially provided a partial response to the attorney general's comprehensive inquiry, and is developing the remaining information required to provide a complete response."

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Check back to LoudounTimes.com for coverage following Tuesday night's press conference.

(62) comments

chrisnich

Shouldn't Michelle Thomas be boning up on her soil and water knowledge....or isn't there enough media attention on those issues?

romano

once again the NAACP seeks to be treated equally while asking for special affirmative action. Oy

LIfetimeLoudouner

Hahahahaha now you can’t make this up. A racist who wore blackface is investigating racial discrimination. Let’s have David Duke be the lead investigator.

Growing up I knew racism was wrong but our democratic leadership thinks it was ok. So in their hearts they still still are racists. Is this how he is trying to prove he is no longer a racist so he can run for governor. What a disgrace and embarrassment to Virginia

Matthew

Your giving our moron of a governor too much credit by saying he was the one in blackface, he was actually the one in the legit clan outfit he borrowed from his pappy.

Lawman

The pointed hoods are out in the comment section I see, but like the Klan, all they can do is make comments from back in the woods. The lie that all of this is based on merits persists because for many of these commentators, their minds can not bend to the reality that what they have achieved is based on a slanted system that favored them. Easy to win a game when one basket is set at 8 feet and the other 15 feet or one team is given a 50 yard head start When it’s all said and done hopefully the playing field will be equal and then Loudoun and America will see what true competition looks like and the myth of white superiority will be tossed in the scrape heap of historically bad ideals.

Virginia SGP

Given the large representation of Asians, after you suggesting LCPS believes Asians are superior?

springerdad

Lawman you are so blinded by your hate for white people that we leave out a whole group of people that out performing white and blacks.

Matthew

Lawman, I have no idea what your personal experiences have been through life, but this is one of the most progressive places on this entire planet. If Loudoun is full of racists running around in “pointed hoods” god help us all.

However, my take is that you throw out these racists tropes anytime you don’t agree with what is being said to shut down discussion. I would be interested in hearing what you think the solution is, but if you start by calling everyone racist, people will not listen.

Virginia SGP

Actually, I think he believes what he says.

RoundHillGuy

Ole blackface Herring is beholden to the Loudoun NAACP now. he'll investigate any unfounded B.S. claim of "racism" they have until his term is up. Someone call reverend Al, lets bring the whole 3 ring circus to racist Loudoun County where everyone votes Democrat.

Loudoun4Trump

Black face is investigating a discrimination complaint....he should recuse himself with clansman Northum…..what a couple of racists...

scottva

Following the NAACP's logic, high school and college football and basketball is racist and discriminatory towards whites. The NBA consists of 80% black players and 70% of the NFL players are black. Perhaps we need to make tryouts easier for white kids in high school and college, with the end goal of increasing the total number of white NBA and NFL players and ensuring a more diverse and equitable number of white and black players on every team.

Perhaps white parents need to start a movement ensuring little Johnny gets to play on the high school football team, even if he has two left feet and no interest in playing sports. Wait, that would be racist. You want more blacks kids in AoL, then increase the applicant rate and the acceptance rate will follow, very easy concept and is basic math also, knows as the law of averages.

StoneBridgeMom

The problem with “blind” admissions processes is that they are based on standardized tests (as well as access to gifted programs that are primarily based on standardized testing) that have been shown to be inherently racist since their inception. I’m pretty sure football wasn’t invented by one race with specific intent to keep out another. For more information, see fairtest. org or articles in the subject at new. .org

Matthew

The "TEST" is racist, you can't make this stuff up folks ... WOW. This entire sham is literally the soft bigotry of low expectations

OldSchool

Don't be fooled by LTM and the NAACP's divisive nonsense. They are not concerned with the facts or the whole story. LTM has fallen into the lazy trap of activist journalism by espousing a perspective on emotion, and omitting important facts that tell the real story. Meanwhile, the NAACP wants to take things they do not earn or deserve, while using misleading words like equity. Equity suggests equality, although they are not looking for equality. They are looking for preferential treatment and believe that only certain colored people should receive preferential treatment to the detriment of everyone else. As a result, standards are lowered as well.

How self-defeating is it for a group that wants everyone to see beyond color to do nothing but make color all important and the overriding factor in policy making and decisioning?

OldSchool

Don't be fooled by LTM and the NAACP's divisive nonsense. They are not concerned with the facts or the whole story. LTM has fallen into the lazy trap of activist journalism by espousing a perspective on emotion, and omitting important facts that tell the real story. Meanwhile, the NAACP wants to take things they do not earn or deserve, while using misleading words like equity. Equity suggests equality, athough they are not looking for equality. They are looking for preferential treatment and believe that only certain colored people should receive preferential treatment to the detriment of everyone else.

How self-defeating is it for a group that wants everyone to see beyond color to do nothing but make color all important and the overriding factor in policy making and decisioning?

LeesburgD

The solution, obviously, is to follow the example of the Seattle public schools that is phasing out honors and gifted student programs to achieve racial equity instead of raising the bar for all students.

romano

looking for handouts. Simple as that. Not willing to do that work to earn it.

scottva

Yeah but Romano, the article also states that they are not being afforded access to "challenging curriculum". This goes against the "too difficult" narrative they have been peddling forever. I have no idea what they want anymore but equity sure ain't it. They want to be treated the same as whites, yet when they are they cry bigotry. I wish they'd make up their mind. Regardless, the color of my skin will always make me guilty of standing in their way, that much is certain.

springerdad

Every year we need to determine what percentage of each race is represented in the school district and allot the spaces based on that percentage. Nothing can ever be based on skill or knowledge just race based totals.

I suggest we start with the teachers and fire a large number of them and hire new people to match exactly the racial breakdown of the student population.

TomPaine

Missing the point. In what IS a skill / knowledge-based system if you can use science to prove a discrepancy in the education provided then you need to adjust the outcome (score) slightly to make up for that. It's only fair that if a kid was in a poor school or suffered due to bias then we should make it up to them by letting them have an opportunity. I am NOT talking about quotas based on percentages of the population. Just a few percent points on a test to make up for prior bad treatment.

TomPaine

The thing most of you are missing is that the point being made is that there is discrimination that can go on in subtle and almost invisible ways throughout a student's path through the system well before they get to high school and apply for AES. One racist teacher can ruin the GPA of a student and put them on a different track in elementary or middle school. In a competitive environment where GPA is considered and the student may have been on a less challenging track those students can lose out to other by just a few points.

This makes the arguments about the admissions being blind and such a moot point. A careful study should be done and perhaps some points should be added to groups that are subject to discrimination. After all, the school would benefit from a more diverse population that better reflects the real world.

Virginia SGP

What in the world are you talking about? Over half of the students get straight A's. So the only thing that can be used to differentiate is objective test scores. There are no "racist teachers" biasing this process.

44% of the kids are placed in honors math in MS. There is no holding kids back. Since ACL can only accept about 1-3%, the overwhelming majority of straight A kids will be rejected from ACL.

We can agree all students deserve a challenging curriculum. That means it must start at base MS and HS. No kid should have a 100 average yet that is what goes on right now. We need desperately to increase rigor and standards everywhere. That helps all kids.

What the NAACP and Thomas in particular want is handouts of "honors" (ACL acceptance) to their kids. It is corrupt. The only place there is racism is from the NAACP wanting to take slots from one set of "colored" kids (Asians) and give them to their preferred set (blacks). This does nobody any good and is a slap in the face to the talented Asian kids who actually worked hard.

DavisB

no, you are wrong again

RandomName2019

Are we also tracking information such as parents gross incomes or education levels, housing instability, learning disabilities, medical illnesses, etc.? It's not a simple enough issue that we can point narrowly to race as the defining factor. It may be a mitigating factor, but there are so many other issues at play that we do all students a disservice by only acknowledging one outward aspect of their identities.

Virginia SGP

That is an interesting question. LCPS used to participate in the international PISA testing program where they evaliated 10th grade students in math, reading and science. They not only showed scores but in context with their socioeconomic status. How, you might ask? The program administers a 30-minute background question survey to find out parent education levels, numberof books in home, etc.

What did it find about LCPS students? While we had overall high scores, when compared to similarly affluent kids, our students were at the very bottom. We couldn't even see China's scores from where we sat which was actually below Mexico's similarly affluent kids. What did LCPS & Williams do? Why, they ended the program so parents wouldn't realize how easy our schooling has become.

It is true we need to start challenging every student and give them effective teachers. But the kids of these NAACP activists (the real goal of Thomas and the rest is to get preferential treatment for their own kids) are not being discriminated against. This is a joke and a classic shakedown.

scottva

Tonight the NAACP said their numbers are based on data. Below is some data. Again, if only (65) out of (5,800) blacks applied to AoL, how is that racist?? It's racist because more blacks didn't encourage their kids to apply? This is truly a stupid argument.

LCPS Students: 83,000

White: 47% (39,000)

Asian: 23% (19,000)

Black: 7% (5,800)

AoL Acceptance Rate:

Asians: 1,300 Applied and 27% Accepted (353)

White: 1,000 Applied and 10% Accepted (104)

Blacks: 65 Applied and 1.5% Accepted (1)

AoL Not Applied:

Whites: 97% (38,000) did not apply

Black: 99% (5,735) did not apply

Asians: 93% (17,700) did not apply

Bram76

Another example how a certain specific demographic group is trying to impose their will on others simply because of the standards being too high to achieve thus racism is concluded.

scottva

Yup, but the crazy thing is they complain in this article about curriculum not being challenging enough

DavisB

"impose their will" - that sounds so much like white privilege - any group that wants change is trying to "impose their will."

Virginia SGP

DavisB, the NAACO is trying to take slots from one minority (Asians) and give it to their preferred minority (aka the kids of the NAACP officials). Are you suggesting some type of "yellow privilege" now? WTH.

BobOhneiserEsq

Lets talk facts not perceptions of unfairness: The first two years of the AOS is an inquiry based, transcript numbered course which integrates 3 years of math and science into two years. It is EXCELLENT and can be extended to every high school in LCPS yet the school board has outright refused to o this. Only the 3rd and 4th years of the AOS program may require lab equipment the high schools don't already have. Now that is unfair! A major portion of the AOS (similar to TJ) is made up of minorities.

I am not aware of any preference made by culture, color, race, gender etc. I do think that if the school board was pushed to spread this two year course to all high schools and use the centralized AOS for the 3rd and 4th year project based program hundreds more students of all colors and races could enjoy an excellent educational opportunity. As long as the class sizes are sufficient to justify a class it should be done. The legacy of this school board is pretty sad if they can't get this at least started before year end.

David Dickinson

A recent Dept of Education report showed that charter schools have increased 500%+ over the past decade. In particular, black parents have put their kids in charter schools and the black student population in charter schools is 26% of the national charter school population (versus the 12% of Americans that are black). Black parents across the USA are fed up with school systems across the country and, if given the opportunity, will make a change. Maybe Loudoun needs more educational options?

David Dickinson

When LCPS wanted to pass the bond referendum to pay for the waste of money know and Academies of Loudoun, they said admission would be BY LOTTERY so everyone thought their kid had an equal shot. Once LCPS got the money, they pulled a bait and switch and changed the criteria. LCPS is such a bunch of liars, you can't tell what is true and what is another lie. I hope they get their pants sued off (which will probably excite the remaining LCPS pervert employees who haven't yet been arrested)

DavisB

You use the word "wasted" in the same way you have called for the elimination of publicly funded schools. In realist, no wasted money at all - the schools is exceptional and helping our students achieve more.

David Dickinson

AOL is a waste because all the kids that attend already had a school. It is a school on top of a school. And now different factions want their own "AOL" for their pet project (i.e. the Arts). I have never called for the elimination of publically funded schools. I do call for the end of educational discrimination that forces everyone to pay into a school system whether they use it or not. Public money should be for the benefit of all kids' education and not just some kids as it is now. Every student should get their fair and equal share of educational dollars, whether they choose a government run school or not.

RandomName2019

"Public money should be for the benefit of all kids' education and not just some kids as it is now. Every student should get their fair and equal share of educational dollars, whether they choose a government run school or not."

Except that's not how society works. You don't get to decide that since you don't like riding on Rt 7 that you're going to take public tax dollars to fund the construction of a parallel semi-private road that you and your like minded friends can drive on.

Public schools are funded by the public. Private schools are funded by private citizens. You don't get to pick and choose what specific items your tax dollars are spent on except through the election of your chosen candidates.

DavisB

AOL is a waste - have you tried talking to the students who go there? or are you basing this on the plain fact that you get the privilege of paying for educating these students?

David Dickinson

AOL is a waste of taxpayer money. It is wholly inappropriate for LCPS to build a private-school caliber school using taxpayer dollars. If parents want a private school education, there are plenty of options. But AOL is a private school paid for with public money. It is a waste because those kids already have a public school they are assigned to and here we have another layer of public school on top of that basic layer of public school. So, not only do we pay for the 1st school, we have to pay for the 2nd layer also. This is just plain tyranny of the majority forcing the minority to pay for the majority's wants and desires.

David Dickinson

Except, RandomName2019, that is how it works in Virginia...partially. At the university level, if you send your kid to a private Virginia college, the state gives your private school student the same funding they give to a student at a Virginia public university. The logic is that if they are a Virginia citizen, at a Virginia school, the money all stays in the state so it is all good. Now, let's apply that same logic and equity to grade school students and faily allocate funds to all children and not just some children.

RandomName2019

I'm not sure that your logic tracks very well. A public education is provided to all students through 12th grade and is funded through our taxes (almost 2 billion last year). Public universities are also funded through our taxes, and in deference to that, our students are provided lower tuition rates compared to those of out of state students. A private university relies primarily on variable tuition rates that have nothing to do with residency requirements. You could argue that VTAG is similar, but it's not equatable in scope or scale when you consider the costs and effort of maintaining a full service public school system. The amount allocated for all Virginia private colleges last year was about $72 million (roughly 4% of our public school budget).

David Dickinson

the logic tracks perfectly well and you know it. VTAG is exactly what I'm talking about. If Virginia kids get $3500/year from the state to attend a private college in Virginia, then why don't K-12 kids get the same?

Virginia SGP

The rabblerouser Michelle Thomas is barking up the wrong tree here.

The Academies has what is called a "blind" admissions process. This means the reviewers cannot see the applicant's race. How can students be unfairly denied access because of race if the reviewers cannot even consider race?

DavisB

the answer to your question is quite simple, the issue starts well before the application process. Why are so few black students well qualified for the academies? It is quite plausible that if there were no racism in our schools, they more eligible to apply.

RandomName2019

As an overall percentage of the school population, are black students statistically less qualified than other ethnic groups?

I won't deny that racism exists but I also won't say that it must exist in this context based on the absence of more black students at the academies.

Virginia SGP

Random, are you asking if black students, on average ( never judge anyone based on membership in a group) have lower scores on objective tests used for admission into college and ACL?

StoneBridgeMom

The problem with “blind” admissions processes is that they are based on standardized tests (as well as access to gifted programs that are primarily based on standardized testing) that have been shown to be inherently racist since their inception. See info on the subject at fairtest. Org or articles at nea. Org

scottva

"Since being notified the complaint was accepted, the Loudoun NAACP has collected testimony from parents, current and former students and teachers that say they were “denied access to a challenging curriculum”. If the curriculum isn't challenging they why do they say so black students are failing? This comment makes absolutely no sense.

scottva

LTM/Nathaniel - You provided how many students APPLIED to AoL for 2018 (2,116). You provided how many blacks APPLIED (65) and were ACCEPTED (1). Then you state that (353) Asians and (104) Whites were ACCEPTED. Why did you not provide the TOTAL number of Whites and Asians that APPLIED and the total ACCEPTED? This is extremely deceptive, sneaky and provides such an imbalanced story it's not even funny. You are deliberately trying to manipulate the readers of your article to make the admissions look racist and discriminatory. Since you cannot seem to provide the entire story, let me help you a little: 1,300+ Asians/Indians applied (approx.) and just over 1,000 whites applied (approx.). If people (regardless of color) are too stupid to understand that the acceptance rates can only increase when you have more applicants, then don't apply to an advanced school if a basic mathematical concept is too difficult to understand.

Also, why didn't you define "Asians"? Your hope is that people will read this and think Asians from Japan, China, Korea, etc. when in reality, the Indian population in LCPS falls under the "Asian" monicker.

LetSanityPrevail

Excellent point. It is clear that the LTM does not do their research or homework buT is all too willing to withhold information to ensure their selected narrative. What we are seeing is the same phenomenon happening in New York City where their specialized schools are now being forced to eliminate testing for the sake of meeting ethnicity quotas. The whole concept of meritocracy is being destroyed for more failed social engineering.

RandomName2019

Interesting. Asians make up only 22% of the LCPS school body, but accounted for more than three times as many white students, who make up 47% of the student body. I also don't see any Hispanic students, even though they make up 17% of the student body. So why are we focusing on the 7% of African Americans who make up the student body? Clearly there are some other issues at play here with admissions.

scottva

That and a poorly researched and written article. Riddled with holes.

Bram76

You also dont see Hispanic , South Asian or White parents whose kids didnt accepted complaining because they realize the best and brightest means selective based on merit not race.

scottva

If the NAACP wants to see more black kids in Academies of Loudoun, maybe more than 65 should apply. Simple math. Idiots

DavisB

Maybe more should be ready to apply?

Waterfordresident

Maybe...just maybe...the others didn’t make the cut because they didn’t qualify. Should the standards be lowered for certain races? Just another example of dividing races by the NAACP. They seem to make matters worse when they get involved.

scottva

Exactly. If you make the cut, great. If you don't, should an advanced school dumb itself down all in the name of fairness and equity? Defeats the intended purpose.

WesternSky

Hmm. That's exactly what they want. And it’s one of the reasons private day schools flourished in the south – along with busing.

DavisB

but why did they not qualify? What is holding them back?

springerdad

Davis B - What is holding them back? Are you claiming racism from the first day these children enter school? Are the teachers and Admin holding back Hispanic and Black children while promoting Asian American and White students?

romano

the unspoken but commonly understood obstacle black kids are facing is the complete disintegration of the family within the black community. So many single parent households. This is where it starts. Kids with poor family environments are going to struggle in school, as compared with those that come from strong families. Why are we beating around the bush on this? This does no one any good. These communities need to look at themselves in the mirror - not at others - and acknowledge this or it will not change.

Virginia SGP

romano, actually in Loudoun and for the NAACP activists specifically, most come from 2-income/parent households, live in mixed (colloquially known as "white") neighborhoods, and have as much enrichment opportunities as anyone else. While many minority-only scholarship opportunities are intended to help kids from low SES regions (see National Science Foundation minority fellowship as opposed to the open fellowship), such assistance is often received by the minority kids raised in affluent, "white" neighborhoods. That is exactly what the activists like Robyn Burke and Michelle Thomas. They want accolades and $$ for their kids specifically when their kids have not been discriminated against or even had to "pull themselves up by the bootstraps" so to say.

This is about cold, hard greed. Wanting an advantage. It really is no different than Felicity Huffman and the college admissions scandal. They want to take the seats of the more deserving and harder working kids (forget test prep, has anyone attended the free-to-all STEM clubs like MathCounts in LCPS schools, you won't see virtually any black/HIspanic kids and even very few whites take the time to develop their STEM skills) often of Asian and Indian backgrounds. They know there is fierce competition in the world. Their parents have seen it. Most in Loudoun are clueless and lazy. There is racism and it is against the minority communities who actually work hard and have natural talent. The NAACP epitomizes racism and privilege wishing to take earned opportunities from Asians/Indians and give them to their own sheltered, undeserving kids. It's as simple as that.

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