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Prestigious Unrecognition

  

Category:  Op/Ed

By:  vic-eldred  •  last year  •  26 comments

Prestigious Unrecognition
"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 statement last week. "Parents and students deserve answers and Attorney General Miyares will initiate a full investigation. I believe this failure may have caused material harm to those students and their parents, and that this failure may have violated the Virginia Human Rights Act."

It had to happen. After Virginia schools delayed notifying students they had received merit awards and then falsely claimed it was a "mistake," the Virginia AG Jason Miyares has announced that he is launching a civil rights investigation into seven Virginia schools. This was no mistake. This was that progressive nonsense about "equity" and not having people feel bad while screwing the smarter children that worked hard.

The schools that withheld awards from top-performing students included Annandale, West Potomac, John R. Lewis, Edison, Thomas Jefferson for Science and Technology, Westfield, and Langley High, according to the Daily Mail. Some of the schools, like Thomas Jefferson, eventually notified students but waited until after important  deadlines for college  scholarships had passed.

National merit awards are among the most prestigious honors a high school student can receive, with just 50,000 students from the top 1.5 million PSAT scores receiving them.

Miyares estimated roughly a thousand students have been affected by the decision to delay notification of merit awards.

"Education is the doorway to the American dream. And we know there's at least one Virginia college that we know of that will give a full four-year ride if you're a National Merit Award recipient. And so that's close to $100,000 of benefits that a student could have applied for," Miyares said."

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/virgnia-ag-launches-investigation-schools-merit-award-delays


Loudoun County Public Schools Acting Superintendent (& probably next to be removed Daniel Smith) admitted that four schools failted to tell students that they had won the awards. It's funny how straightforward people can be after they get caught.



"The prestigious awards are only given to 50,000 of 1.5million high schoolers who score well on the PSATS – and can help students compete for scholarships, honors accolades, and college admissions.

Republican GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin slammed the decision made by the school as 'maniacal,' with the AG saying students have been punished in the name of 'equity'."

The prestigious awards are only given to 50,000 of 1.5million high schoolers who score well on the PSATS – and can help students compete for scholarships, honors accolades, and college admissions."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11640815/Virginia-AG-launches-investigation-TWENTY-ONE-schools-two-woke-districts.html


Progressives have infiltrated the Virginia school system. They need to be prosecuted just like what was done with the former Loudoun County superintendent Scott Siegler who was fired on December 6 after being indicted by a Virginia grand jury after reports show he had 'lied' about sexual assaults.




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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1  author  Vic Eldred    last year

"It is not the first time officials with the Fairfax County Public School network - which encompasses 198 schools and centers - have come under fire for guidance touted as 'progressive'.

In 2021, the school and its board found themselves in federal court after it changed its admission requirements to limit the number of Asian-American students enrolled to improve the chance of admission of other students regardless of academic ability.

Once again, billed as a means to boost equity, the guidance immediately sparked controversy for scrapping merit-based admissions - and was subsequently found to be against federal law.

Last February, a federal judge ruled Fairfax County school officials guilty of racial discrimination however, plans to overturn the woke rules have been put on hold thanks to a successful legal challenge by their supporters, with a court set to consider an appeal last this year."

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1  Tessylo  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    last year

Why a source from the UK about Fairfax, VA?

The Daily Mail is nothing more than a tabloid like the National Enquirer

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
1.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Tessylo @1.1    last year

So what about it is not true?  Is Virginia AG Jason Miyares not launching a civil rights investigation into seven Virginia schools?

Can't refute the information so try and deflect to the source.  Typical.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
1.1.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  dennis smith @1.1.2    last year

Not at all. It is all some people have. Along with denial of course.

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
2  Sparty On    last year

Progressive politics ...... work for mediocrity or lower ......

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @2    last year

We don't want to offend anybody!

My friend has a Doberman who is getting jealous and may want to go to school!

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Expert
2.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sparty On @2    last year

I think mediocrity is a bit to high for them.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
2.2.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.2    last year

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Jasper2529
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3  Jasper2529    last year

At least 12 high schools (so far) have been identified as participating in DEI (a watered-down definition of CRT), by denying high-performing students what they earned. 

Virginia mom Asra Nomani slams district for denying kids' 'fundamental civil rights' by withholding awards

Pacific Research Institute senior fellow Lance Izumi and Fairfax County mother Asra Nomani weigh in on the controversy stirring around Virginia school districts that elected to withhold merit recognition from high-achieving students.

As Ms. Nomani says in the video, she wasn't informed about her son's award until this year ... TWO YEARS after he'd won it.

Equity --- Equal outcome for everyone, even if they don't put forth any effort. Emphasis also put on one's race, ethnicity, sex/gender, or religion.

Equality --- Equal opportunity for everyone so they can achieve their highest ability. No emphasis on race, ethnicity, sex/gender, or religion.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
4  Perrie Halpern R.A.    last year

Vic,

I have to say that I am totally confused by this article. Any student has access to their PSAT scores here:

The schools do notify if you qualified for the national merit, but a good score on the PSAT should give parents a clue, to check up with the schools. 

Further information found here:

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.1  author  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4    last year

There is nothing mysterious about it. If a child recieves a merit award: the school is supposed to inform the student.

In effect the awards were withheld in the name of woke equity. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
4.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4    last year

The schools intentionally withheld informing the achieving students of their awards so the non achievers wouldn't feel bad about themselves.

 They informed them after the deadline for admissions applications had past.

Do you believe that equal outcomes regardless of merit or accomplishment is OK?

It's likely the withheld recognition of merit included disadvantaged students and persons of color.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Professor Quiet
4.2.1  Jack_TX  replied to  Greg Jones @4.2    last year
The schools intentionally withheld informing the achieving students

Do we know it was intentional?

I taught public school for 8 years.  Never assume malice if ineptitude is a plausible explanation.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
4.2.2  charger 383  replied to  Jack_TX @4.2.1    last year

either way somebody should be fired

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Professor Quiet
4.2.3  Jack_TX  replied to  charger 383 @4.2.2    last year

Probably.  We obviously don't know all the details, but the number of schools involved is not a good sign.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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4.2.4  Jasper2529  replied to  Greg Jones @4.2    last year
It's likely the withheld recognition of merit included disadvantaged students and persons of color.

At "prestigious" Thomas Jefferson High School in Virginia, many of the students deprived of their Merit Scholarships were Asians. In recent years, the school has even restricted its admission quota of Asians in the name of "equity".

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.3  Tessylo  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4    last year

Thanks for the facts Perrie!

 
 
 
Jasper2529
Professor Participates
4.4  Jasper2529  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4    last year
The schools do notify if you qualified for the national merit, but a good score on the PSAT should give parents a clue, to check up with the schools. 

Many parents did check with their schools, and principals, counselors, and teachers blew them off by not returning their calls/emails.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
5  charger 383    last year

Sounds like some deserving kids were cheated

wonder who got the scholarships they didn't get? 

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
6  charger 383    last year

Seems like equity is the enemy of excellence 

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
6.1  Tessylo  replied to  charger 383 @6    last year

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Texan1211
Professor Principal
6.2  Texan1211  replied to  charger 383 @6    last year
Seems like equity is the enemy of excellence 

Aw, just give everybody a little participation trophy and everybody will be happy.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
Professor Participates
6.2.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Texan1211 @6.2    last year

Virginia is now up to 17 high schools in 3 counties that claim this was "an administrative error". I can understand once or twice ... and that's even that's too many in the 21st century ... but the same "error" occurs SEVENTEEN TIMES?

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
Professor Expert
6.2.2  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Jasper2529 @6.2.1    last year

17 times isn't an error.  That's policy.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
Professor Participates
6.2.3  Jasper2529  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @6.2.2    last year
17 times isn't an error.  That's policy.

It's 17 schools ... not students. I don't know how many students in each school were deprived of college scholarships and other accolades.

 
 

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