Delegate Glenn Davis’ bill to prevent racial preferences at elite Governor’s schools like Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, has passed the House of Delegates.
The legislation, which passed the chamber Wednesday in a 50-48 party-line vote, would forbid any of the elite public schools â€” someÂ frequently listedÂ among the best high schools in the country â€”from discriminating against or giving â€œpreferential treatmentâ€ to students on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin.Â
It would also ban â€œproxy discrimination,â€ defined in the bill as any admissions criteria that could lead to preferential admissions based on the same demographic attributes (capping admissions from certain feeder schools, for example, or prioritizing certain zip codes).
Sponsored by Del. Glenn Davis, R-Virginia Beach, the legislation underscores the ongoing partisan divide overÂ Virginiaâ€™s 20 full-year governorâ€™s schools, designed to serve gifted high school students from surrounding localities. While the schools serve a few thousand of the stateâ€™sÂ roughly 1.2 millionÂ public school students, theyâ€™ve attracted outsized controversy thanks to their national reputation and the high demand for slots.
(The bill still has to pass the state senate so put pressure on your senators to support it. Governor Youngkin will sign it into law)
Read the full article at virginiamercury.com.