Virginia AG expands probe into 'woke racism' at schools amid merit award controversy

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Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is expanding his probe into a prestigious state high school delaying the notification of National Merit Awards to include all public schools in Fairfax County.

Miyares joined "Fox & Friends" Tuesday to discuss the decision to expand the investigation after two more county schools admitted to delaying notification of the significant academic achievements.

"We want to demand excellence. We want our students to not have this 'war on merit,'" Miyares told Ainsley Earhardt. "What we have seen unfortunately in some areas of the country is what I call woke racism, which is reverse discrimination against the wrong groups in those individuals' minds. We want to make sure that in this country everybody has an equal playing field and everybody can achieve their dreams. We certainly don't want anybody to be held back because of who they are and their ethnic background."

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ) was the first school to face allegations of withholding the awards, but Langley High School and Westfield High School faced accusations shortly thereafter.

The Fairfax County Public Schools district adopted the new policy, which focuses on "equal outcomes for every student, without exception," after hiring an equity consultant.

"We know that the Fairfax Superintendent Michelle Reid hired an equity consultant, paid this consultant $455,000 for nine months' worth of work, in which one of their recommendations that you are to demand equal outcomes, even if it means treating students unequally," Miyares said. "And so we're trying to determine whether this meant there was a pattern or practice of possible discrimination against Asian American students."

The delayed awards in question are given by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which recognizes top-performing high schoolers nationwide.... (Read more)