(Abdul–Rahman Oladimeji Bello, Headline USA) A middle school in Virginia that prides itself on being part of a district that ranks as one of the wokest in the nation, is under investigation for racism for using race and color as determining factors for a college preparation program.
The reported discrimination came under scrutiny earlier this month, when parents of 8th graders attending Cooper Middle School, located in McLean, Va., received an email from the school, according to the Daily Mail. The email encouraged specifically black or Hispanic children to apply for a college preparation program.
When informed about the program, Virginia Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares wrote to the school and called for an end their discriminatory practices.
“Please cease and desist the illegal conduct of soliciting and selecting applicants to the College Partnership Program based on race, color and national origin,” Miyares wrote. “This matter is under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights.”
In response, the school claimed that the course was open to all, emphasizing the website stating that “a typical college prep student” was black, Hispanic, Native American, or economically disadvantaged. The school further stressed that it did not share any information on the website that exempts whites or Asians from the program.
Widespread criticisms remained, with concerned parties claiming the school has actively worked to promote the exclusion of white and Asian students, as the school did not mention them anywhere on the website.
Fairfax County Public Schools, home base for Cooper Middle, has become notorious for skirting discrimination laws in proactive attempts to increase the number of black and Latino students. The school district, which openly boasts about its wokeness, has come under repeated criticism and investigations for taking steps to achieve this goal at the expense of white and Asian students.
Miyares has been actively investigating Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High School for withholding National Merit awards to Asian students to give more recognition to lower-performing minority groups.
A Fairfax County Public Schools spokesperson claimed the allegations against Cooper Middle School were false and damaging. Though the school did not explain the original email that reportedly pushed discrimination, the spokesperson added that “publishing false narratives like this undermine public school efforts to boost U.S. educational achievement.”
Standing his ground, Miyares took to Twitter to emphasize he was following the law.
“The Virginia Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin,” Miyares wrote. “It is important that every public school in the Commonwealth follow the law.”