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Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced that 162 Virginia public schools have earned the 2009 Governorâ€™s Award for Educational Excellence. The award is the highest honor under the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program created by the Board of Education to advance Kaineâ€™s "competence to excellence" agenda to encourage advanced learning and achievement in the commonwealthâ€™s public schools. Local schools that won include Dominion High, Horizon Elementary, Lowes Island Elementary and Potomac Falls High.