Media Coverage

We are so grateful to the many journalists who have spoken to our families and brought our lived experience to the world.

Origin Story

City Journal – The War on Merit Takes a Bizarre Turn | City Journal –  Dec. 21, 2022 – Asra Q. Nomani

NY Post – Top school principal hides student academic awards in name of ‘equity’ – Dec. 23, 2022 – Asra Nomani

The Scandal

Inside Nova – Fairfax County Public Schools didn’t notify TJ’s National Merit ‘Commended Students;’ school system says working to remedy situation – Dec. 22, 2022

mrcTV – BOMBSHELL: Nation’s Top High School Withheld National Merit Awards to Promote ‘Inclusiveness’  – Dec. 22, 2022

National Review – Top U.S. High School Deprived Students of National Merit Awards as Part of ‘Equity’ Policy – Dec. 24, 2022

National Review – Top U.S. High School Delayed National Merit Award Notifications – December 24, 2022 – Top US school hides student academic awards to not hurt people’s feelings – Dec. 25, 2022

Instapundit – Blog Archive » THOMAS JEFFERSON USED TO BE A TOP PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL: The War on Merit Takes a Bizarre Turn: Why a… – Dec. 26, 2022

Fox and Friends First – Virginia school delays academic awards in the name of ‘equity’ | Fox News Video –  Dec. 28, 2022

NEXTSHARK –US’ top high school hid over 1,200 students’ academic achievement in the name of ‘equity’– Dec. 28, 2022

Reason – A Top-Ranked High School Hid National Merit Recognition From Students for Years – Dec. 29, 2022

Washington Post – Thomas Jefferson High under fire for delay in notifying students of national merit award – Dec. 29, 2022 — Lauren Lumpkin, Education reporter, DC Public Schools

Mail Online –Parents demand principal of America’s top public school be fired after she withheld prestigious National Merit Awards from top students to boost ‘equity’ and ‘protect feelings’ of kids who didn’t win one– Dec. 31, 2022

Washington Examiner – Virginia Lt. Gov. Sears calls for investigation into national merit award scandal – Dec. 31, 2022

Daily Caller – Parents Demand Firings After Prestigious School Reportedly Withheld Awards From Students – Jan. 2, 2023 – Reagan Reese