National Merit Scholar Controversy Widens

Two more school principals in northern Virginia's Fairfax County said Monday their students were not informed before college application deadlines that they were National Merit Award recipients, amid a state Attorney General's office probe into the matter.
PROVO, UT - AUGUST 05: A teacher starts to reset up her classrooms at Freedom Preparatory Academy as they begin to prepare to restart school after it was closed in March due to COVID-19 on August 5, 2020 in Provo, Utah. The school is planning to have students return on August 18 for five days a week instruction, but with reduced hours during the day. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The principals at Westfield High School and Langley High School sent emails apologizing to families over the weekend.
  • In the emails, Westfield Principal Tony DiBari, and Langley Principal Kim Greer each said the information had just come to light.
  • The matter will now be part of a larger civil investigation by the Virginia Attorney General’s office, which started last week over allegations the county’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology amid allegations that National Merit Awards being withheld from students.
  • The reasons about why the information was withheld, per the allegations, include not wanting to hurt the feelings of non-winner and that it was racially motivated, targeting Asian-American students.

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