On this week’s episode, we discuss an issue that is gaining traction in the state of Virginia—the battle between parents and state officials over the admission process to merit-based high schools in the region. The families who are protesting changes to the rigorous testing required at these high schools have been met with much hostility. Asra Nomani is one of the parents leading the charge and joins the podcast this week to talk about her efforts.


Asra Nomani is a cofounder of Coalition for TJ, a citizens’ group of parents, students, alumni and community members fighting to preserve the values of the American Dream at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where her son is a student.

Asra is a former Wall Street Journal reporter who believes firmly in a founding principle she learned as a journalist: thinking critically and challenging conventional wisdom. She has found herself on the side of many unconventional positions, and she has courageously advocated for women’s rights, meritocracy and human rights. She is leading the Pearl Project, which is seeking justice for Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, as Pakistani judges decide whether to free four men convicted in the reporter’s brutal 2002 kidnapping and murder.


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