In Virginia, four more high schools have announced that they are also guilty of withholding National Merit Award notifications for students. This award can help students get into college and make them eligible for scholarships. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology came under fire in November for withholding the awards when a parent discovered that neither she nor her child was notified of the award. This led to an apology, and the awards were delayed long enough that the students couldn’t use them on early acceptance applications. It was because the high school wanted to promote equity. The headlines from this scandal prompted other high schools to acknowledge their situation. Per The Washington Examiner, “Shawn DeRose, principal of Annandale High School, wrote a letter for parents noting that when the delay of award notifications came to light at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), they did their internal review and discovered that the high school “did not receive their Commended Scholar certificates from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.” [tweet_embed]January 17, 2023[/tweet_embed] Other area high schools also sent an almost identical notice to parents on Friday. These high schools include Edison High School, Lewis High School, and West Potomac High School. Last week, two other high schools issued apologies for not notifying parents. Parents are outraged over this. One parent sat down with Fox News to discuss the matter. According to Daily Mail, “We now have two high schools in the same school District - in the School District that has just been nakedly political, nakedly focused on things that are not about advancing kids’ interests, but about this idea of equal outcomes for everyone,’ Lukas told Fox News host Ashley Strohmeier. They want them all to be equal. That means they don’t want the top 3%.” [tweet_embed]January 17, 2023[/tweet_embed] The students that received the award have missed the opportunity to use it on early acceptance college applications. There is a tiny window of time to hand out the award and for kids to get in their applications. Being able to put that they are among the top 3% nationwide would have certainly boosted the applications, but the schools don’t seem to care about that.