Cooper Middle School in McLean, Virginia sent out an email inviting students to apply to the College Partnership Program (CPP) offered by Fairfax Country Public Schools (FCPS). The email to parents outlined the criteria for application, which indicated that Black students and Hispanic students can apply. But the same correspondence also stated that all non-disabled Asian or White students whose family members have attended college are not welcome to the CPP.
Those who are accepted into the program can avail of academic counseling, college experiences, assistance with completing college and scholarship applications, a summer experiential learning opportunity and receive news and information related to colleges and careers.
The exclusion of White and Asian students from the CPP criteria appears to be intentional. As per the website of FCPS, a "typical CPP student" is either Black, Hispanic, native American or native Alaskan.
Cooper Middle School's racism did not sit well with many parents in the school district. One lawyer whose child is enrolled at the school said the CPP was problematic.
"This program excludes children based on race, and it seems to be in direct violation of the school district's own anti-discrimination policy," he said.
Author and journalist Asra Nomani also posted the middle school's discriminatory email on her Twitter profile.
"In the 20th century, [the] Asian Exclusion Act denied Asians equal opportunities. Now [FCPS] promotes a college preparation program with race-based admissions, excluding Asians [and] Whites," she wrote. Nomani also pointed to a judge's ruling that FCPS violated the Constitution in its new admission rules that discriminated against Asian students. (Related: Cambridge University blocked White students from applying for post-graduate program.)
It appears that FCPS is a hotbed of discrimination in the name of wokeism as evidenced by another school under it that hid students' national academic excellence awards for years. The National Merit (NM) awards bestowed on several students would have served as a gateway for students to universities through scholarships.
Writing for the New York Post, Nomani named Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) as the erring institution in a December 2022 article. She named TJHSST Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Student Services Director Brandon Kosatka as the school officials responsible for depriving many students – most of them Asian – of scholarship opportunities.
Nomani recounted the story of lawyer Shawna Yashar, whose son was among the students whose NM award was withheld. Her son took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in September 2019. However, he was not informed that he passed the examination and was qualified to be an NM scholar by the time he submitted college applications in the fall of 2022.
"Keeping these certificates from students is theft by the state," Yashar remarked.
Nomani herself also shared that her son, who graduated from TJHSST in 2021, was among the NM scholars listed in a Sept. 10, 2020 letter sent to Bonitatibus. However, the principal did not notify her son just like in Yashar's case. It was already two years after Nomani's son graduated that the mother discovered the commendation.
"The principal, who lobbied to nix the school's merit-based admission test to increase 'diversity,' never told us about it," remarked Nomani.
Kosatka later admitted that the decision to withhold notifying both parents and students of the achievements was intentional.
"We want to recognize students for who they are as individuals, not focus on their achievements," the student services director said. He added that he and Bonitatibus did not want to hurt the feelings of student who did not get the commendation. Kosatka later sent an email apologizing for withholding the news to parents, assuring them that school officials would contact college admissions offices to correct the record.
The principal, meanwhile, has refused to comment and has not yet delivered the missing certificates.
"The war on merit is a war on our kids," Nomani concluded. "It's a race to the bottom."
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