Boosting minority inclusion at Thomas Jefferson
Many thanks for the Nov. 12 editorial “A diversity deficit,” on the low number of minority students enrolled in this year’s freshman class at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. With only four African American and 13 Hispanic students in the class, it is clear that the Washington metropolitan area’s largest public school system (more than 170,000 students) should have been able to have more minority students qualify and attend. Of special note, however, is the fact that none of the four African American children selected were Fairfax County Public School students.
Surely, with 26 middle schools in the Fairfax County school system, at least one of their black students should have met TJHS’s selection standards. Rather than trying to explain away this embarrassing fact, everyone interested in improving the ability of our country to compete in the high-tech 21st century should encourage FCPS to do a better job of including gifted minority students in its nationally recognized programs.
The writer was chairman of the Fairfax County School Board from 1999 to 2000.
Robert E. Frye Sr., Springfield
| November 16, 2010; 6:44 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax County, education, schools
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