Despite having the solid backing of the school board, superintendent Steven L. Walts of Prince William County, Va., is coming under increasing parent criticism as test scores drop, many of its schools remain overcrowded and teachers are paid less than their peers in neighboring districts. "Surely, it's troubling that you're not seeing a trend upward," said Board of Supervisors member W.S. Covington III. "The first year, you're getting your feet wet, but second and third, he ought to be planting seeds. By the fourth and fifth, we ought to see some results."
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