In early October 2020, the school board at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (“TJ”) in Fairfax County, Virginia approved changes to the admissions system with a view toward fashioning a more diverse student body.  Seventeen families sued, calling the removal of the test and application fee “an illegal and arbitrary decision.”  The Fairfax County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of the School Board, denying the motion for preliminary injunction and declining to mandate the School Board reinstate the admissions test.

Further changes in the admissions process were approved In late December and these became the focus of a new lawsuit, brought by Coalition of TJ.  The group is being represented by Pacific Legal Foundation, a legal group that has been sharply critical of affirmative action.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on March 10, 2021.  Much like the complaint filed by SFFA against Harvard, the Coalition of TJ alleges the school’s admission policy violates the Fourteenth Amendment by intentionally discriminating against the admission of Asian-American students in favor of admitting Black and Hispanic students. The Complaint alleges the new admissions policy’s plan to automatically admit the top 1.5% of students from each middle school in the district would act as an unnatural cap and disproportionately impact Asian-American students.

At the time of writing, Fairfax County School Board has not submitted a reply brief.