Injunction Denied in Academies Admission Lawsuit

A Federal District Court judge has denied a bid to enjoin the Loudoun County School Board from implementing new admissions selection procedures for the Academy of Science and the Academy Engineering and Technology.

A hearing on the school division’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for November. 

In August, the School Board approved admission process changes to reduce the number of applicant assessment tests from four to two, to create a racially and ethnically diverse selection committee, and to take steps to achieve a better geographical balance in the student selections.

That plan is under legal challenge by a group of parents who allege the changes violate their constitutional rights because they move away from an objective, merit-based selection process, were developed using faulty data, and do not promote equal opportunity. The lawsuit was filed in Loudoun Circuit Court but moved to federal court at the request of school division attorney Julia Judkins because it claims a violation of the Equal Protection clause. 

Following arguments during a hearing conducted over Zoom, Judge Anthony Trenga ruled that the plaintiffs did not present enough evidence to show that they were likely to prevail in the case or that they would suffer irreparable harm without a court-ordered delay through a preliminary injunction.

Although the admission changes grew from the school division’s efforts to address equity concerns and the plaintiffs alleged that Asian students would be disproportionally affected, Trenga noted that there is no reference to racial or ethnic classifications in the policies. Instead, the stated purpose of the amendments is to promote socioeconomic and geographic diversity in the academies. 

Attorneys are scheduled to be back online with the judge Nov. 10 to argue the school division’s motion to dismiss the case. 

2 thoughts on “Injunction Denied in Academies Admission Lawsuit

  • 2020-10-12 at 7:14 pm

    The parents will prevail in the end, but for now we know that Trenga is not a bright judge.

  • 2020-10-14 at 8:26 am

    Here are a couple of thoughts for the parents demanding fairness in the selection process:

    The use of color as selection criteria is a violation of your civil right unless it is both measured scientifically with causality applied to success due to melanin levels.

    The use of demographics to drive selection criteria would require proof of the actual level of whatever demographic is being relied upon to be fairly applied to all applicants meaning “catching up” under some sort of reparation formula by a committee of marxists would not pass legal muster. The biggest demographic being denied access to the academies are those who check the “white” box.

    The School Board in conjunction with the Superintendent is already artificially limiting those who can benefit from the program as the first two years of the AOS is a transcript numbered course which could EASILY be taught at ALL the high schools allowing those who wish to then go to the centralized program for special project it offers along with specialized equipment.

    Finally, ask the question of the school board why their legal firm doesn’t have to compete for the funds it takes in every year as it is literally hundreds of thousands above the amount normally required for signing authority by the school board. Major law firms with entrenched and highly lucrative contracts are “rumored” to be quite influential in judge selections. 🙂

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