From Washington Post by Emma Brown:
One key group that has shaped the debate over overhauling the admissions policy at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology: The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted.

FCAG is a group of parents pushing for a system that would give more weight to math test scores in the admissions process and less to essay-writing a general approach endorsed by the majority of board members Thursday night.

The heart of FCAGs argument is that TJ shouldnt be a school for kids who want to go to the best college-prep school in Fairfax. It should be a place for kids who are passionate at and really really good at math, science and technology.

The current admissions process doesnt reflect that single-minded mission, said FCAG President Grace Chung Becker.

TJ is not a school focusing on developing a well-rounded kid, she said. Its focused on preparing kids in science, engineering, technology and math.

Not every TJ parent agrees with that argument, but it resonated with at least several board members Thursday. The admissions process now, said board member Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield) is not based on science, its not based on aptitude, its based on what they write which is a liberal arts approach.

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