the week that was

Prince William news summary, Feb. 27 to March 5, 2011

Sunday, March 6, 2011

News from the daily Washington Post from Feb. 27 to March 5 that is of interest to readers in Prince William County.

Sunday, Feb. 27

schools get good marks for efficiency

A new analysis of spending patterns and test scores in school systems nationwide found that Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the Washington area. For its study, the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, analyzed spending and achievement data from the 2007-08 school year for about 9,000 school systems. Proficiency rates on state tests were examined for fourth and eighth grades and high school. In Northern Virginia, Manassas Park and Prince William County got the highest marks on the basic index. They were followed by Fairfax and Loudoun counties and Falls Church. School systems deemed less efficient, in descending order, were Manassas, Arlington County and Alexandria.

Monday, Feb. 28

Chairman to announce bid for reelection

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R-At Large), one of a handful of potential GOP candidates considering the 2012 Senate race, plans to announce Tuesday that he'll seek another term as chairman. During Tuesday's news conference, Stewart said, he wouldn't confirm or deny whether running for higher office was in his future. Stewart, however, said that he was focused on holding onto his local position and that he would push for economic growth, transportation improvements and funding for schools.

Thursday, March 3


Kevin Ricks, the former teacher who molested a Manassas high school student, pleaded guilty Thursday to seven new federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography. Law enforcement officials said Ricks, who had a decades-long teaching career, has agreed to a 25-year prison sentence for creating explicit photographs and videos of teenage foreign exchange students he hosted in his home and of students he taught in Japan. As part of Ricks's plea agreement, he must tell authorities about all the boys he has abused during his career, which began in Hampton Roads in 1982 and took him to jobs in North Carolina, Georgia, Japan, Danville, Baltimore, Federalsburg and Manassas. Should he fail to disclose a victim whom police later discover, he could face additional charges.

- Compiled by Sarah Lane

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