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Christy Narsi
Christy Narsi
April 11, 2024 - 2 minutes
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Chapter Spotlight

IWN Fairfax Chapter Leader Testifies at Fairfax County Public School Board Meeting, Expresses Concerns Over Hypocrisy in Push for Diversity

Stephanie Lundquist-Arora, the Fairfax County Chapter Leader of Independent Women’s Network (IWN), testified at the Fairfax County Public School Board Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Lundquist-Arora raised concerns regarding the school board’s hypocrisy in their pursuit of diversity.

In her testimony, Lundquist-Arora questioned the principles and actions of the school board, particularly in relation to the admissions process at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ). She highlighted the replacement of merit with equity that the last merit-based class is set to graduate this year.

“I have a few questions with regards to your principles and some of the actions that the school board has taken. First of all, I know that a lot of lip service is paid to racial diversity. The education at Thomas Jefferson has been pretty much dismantled, in the sense that equity has replaced merit in the admissions process,” Lundquist-Arora stated.

Lundquist-Arora, in her capacity as the Fairfax County Chapter Leader of IWN, also criticized the Fairfax County Public Schools for their alleged hypocrisy. “Liberal hypocrites, such as the ones who run Fairfax County Public Schools, claim they believe in ‘equity at all costs’ until their absurd rules apply to them,” Lundquist-Arora remarked.

Lundquist-Arora’s concerns echo those expressed in her recent op-ed published in the Washington Examiner. In the op-ed, she highlighted the decline of TJ’s ranking in the U.S. News World Report’s list of best public high schools, attributing it to the shift from merit-based admissions to equity-based admissions.

With her testimony and op-ed, Lundquist-Arora aims to shed light on what she perceives as the detrimental impact of the school board’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. She questions whether the board’s intent was to sacrifice an institution dedicated to gifted education in favor of their DEI agenda.

To read more about DEI, check out IWN’s article here

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