Prince William County, after years of longing, may finally get a selective magnet school to serve as a mini-rival to Fairfax County’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, reports The Washington Post. The Prince William, Manassas and Manassas Park school systems recently won a $100,000 state grant to design a regional "governor’s school" that would open by fall 2010 and specialize in math, science and technology. The yet-unnamed school, which would have rigorous admissions requirements, would differ in key respects from Thomas Jefferson, a full-day governor’s school in the Alexandria section of Fairfax that draws students from across Northern Virginia. Students would still attend neighborhood schools, traveling to the new magnet campus only for high-level classes.

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