Fairfax County high school ranked the best in the nation; two other county schools...

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Fairfax County high school ranked the best in the nation; two other county schools make U.S. News top 100 list Good schools crucial for Fairfax County business development,creative workforceFAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.--(Business Wire)--In its first-ever ranking of "America's Best High schools," U.S.News & World Report ranks Fairfax County's Thomas Jefferson HighSchool for Science and Technology as the top high school in the UnitedStates. Two other Fairfax County Public Schools, Langley High Schoolin McLean and Oakton High School, are in the top 100 as ranked by themagazine. A U.S. News profile of "TJ" is at www.usnews.com. "One of the primary reasons that businesses come to, and stay in,Fairfax County is the quality of its public education system. Theschools develop the creative workforce of the future," said Gerald L.Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Fairfax County EconomicDevelopment Authority. "Although Thomas Jefferson has been rankedfirst in the entire nation, all 25 Fairfax County high schools are theenvy of communities across the nation." "Having three of our schools in the top rankings - one rated topsin the nation - is more evidence that our school system is one of thebest in the nation, and possibly in the world," said Jack Dale,superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools. "What is good for ouryoung people is also great for Fairfax County's economy. Businesseswant to be in our county because they know that their employees'children can get a great education in public schools and that ourgraduates make excellent, tech-savvy employees." Time magazine called Fairfax County, just outside Washington,D.C., "one of the great economic success stories of our time."Business growth helps Fairfax County fund public services such as atop-ranked school system that improve the quality of life. FairfaxCounty offers a well-educated workforce, diverse real estateopportunities, access to domestic and international markets throughWashington Dulles International Airport, and a business communitybased on technology and professional services. The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

(www.FairfaxCountyEDA.org) promotes Fairfax County as a business andtechnology center. The FCEDA offers a range of services to helpcompanies locate and expand in Fairfax County. The FCEDA maintainsmarketing offices in Silicon Valley, Bangalore, Frankfurt, London,Seoul and Tel Aviv.FCEDAAlan Fogg, 703-790-0600Mobile: 571-213-5065afogg@fceda.orgCopyright Business Wire 2007

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