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Public and Private School Principle in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1987-88 to 1993-94
Table A17.Percentage of public and private school principals who view various issues as serious 
           problems in their schools, by school level: 1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94
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                                                                                       School level
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                                                   Elementary                          Secondary                          Combined
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School problems                              1987-88   1990-91   1993-94         1987-88   1990-91   1993-94        1987-88   1990-91   1993-94
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PUBLIC
Teacher absenteeism                             1.6       1.1       0.8             2.7       2.3       1.2            3.0       2.2       1.6
Student tardiness                               2.7       3.0       2.3            10.5      10.2       9.2            4.1       5.2       4.7
Student absenteeism                             3.6       3.6       2.4            15.3      14.3      11.6           10.4       9.2       8.3
Students cutting class                          0.2       0.1       0.0             4.3       3.3       3.9            1.4       1.8       1.2
Student dropping out                           (a)        0.5       0.2            (a)        9.0       6.8           (a)        4.8       5.2
Student apathy                                 (a)        4.7       5.6            (a)       13.7      14.7           (a)       12.6      13.1
Physical conflicts among students               2.6       2.3       3.4             1.4       1.6       3.1            2.8       3.2       5.4
Robbery or theft                                0.6       0.5       0.4             0.6       0.8       0.8            1.3       0.6       1.0
Vandalism of school property                    0.8       1.0       1.4             0.8       0.8       1.0            1.4       0.5       1.9
Student pregnancy                               0.2       0.2       0.2             6.3       7.4       8.4            4.4       4.5       4.4
Student use of alcohol                          0.4       0.7       0.2            11.7      14.0      13.3            7.2       7.2       5.7
Student drug abuse                              0.3       0.3       0.2             5.6       3.8       4.6            3.8       2.7       2.7
Student possession of weapons                                     0.2                               1.0                              1.1
Student disrespect for teachers                (a)        2.8       2.7            (a)        3.2       4.4           (a)        3.6       6.5
Verbal abuse of teachers                        0.6       1.2       1.4             0.9       1.9       2.7            2.9       3.9       5.2
Lack of academic challenge                     (a)        2.0       1.2            (a)        4.0       4.0           (a)        4.9       4.1
Lack of parent involvement                     (a)       11.9      10.2            (a)       19.8      19.7           (a)       19.4      20.9
Parental alcohol/drug abuse                    (a)        6.4       7.0            (a)        6.0       7.6           (a)        8.7       9.8
Poverty                                        (a)       15.4      17.0            (a)       11.5      13.3           (a)       17.0      19.2
Racial tension                                 (a)        0.4       1.1            (a)        0.7       1.2           (a)        2.1       1.2
Students come unprepared to learn              (a)       (a)       11.6            (a)       (a)       12.5           (a)       (a)       13.1
Poor nutrition                                 (a)       (a)        4.1            (a)       (a)        2.6           (a)       (a)        3.8
Poor student health                            (a)       (a)        2.4            (a)       (a)        1.3           (a)       (a)        5.5
Student problems with English language         (a)       (a)        4.6            (a)       (a)        2.5           (a)       (a)        3.2
Cultural conflict                              (a)        1.1      (a)             (a)        1.4      (a)            (a)        2.9      (a)
Physical abuse of teachers                                       (a)                               (a)                      0.7      (a)
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See footnote at end of table.
Table A17.Percentage of public and private school principals who view various issues as serious 
           problems in their schools, by school level: 1987-88, 1990-91, and 1993-94(continue)
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                                                                                       School level
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                                                   Elementary                          Secondary                          Combined
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School problems                              1987-88   1990-91   1993-94         1987-88   1990-91   1993-94        1987-88   1990-91   1993-94
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PRIVATE
Teacher absenteeism                                                                                                                 
Student tardiness                               0.9       1.3       1.2             5.8       2.0       4.3            1.4       1.2       0.6
Student absenteeism                                               0.0                               2.3                              0.7
Students cutting class                                            0.0                                                               0.2
Student dropping out                           (a)                 0.0            (a)                              (a)                 0.1
Student apathy                                 (a)        0.6       0.9            (a)        2.0       5.0           (a)        2.4       2.9
Physical conflicts among students                                                                  2.6                              0.9
Robbery or theft                                                                                                                    
Vandalism of school property                                      0.5                               1.8            0.7                0.4
Student pregnancy                                                 0.0                               1.9                               
Student use of alcohol                                                                    4.1      11.6                     0.9       1.2
Student drug abuse                                                                                 7.1                              0.5
Student possession of weapons                   0.0                               0.0                              0.0                 
Student disrespect for teachers                (a)                 0.5            (a)                 3.2           (a)                 3.2
Verbal abuse of teachers                                 0.5       0.2                      1.5       1.8                     2.7       3.4
Lack of academic challenge                     (a)                               (a)                              (a)                  
Lack of parent involvement                     (a)        1.1       1.9            (a)        3.5       5.2           (a)        3.3       4.6
Parental alcohol/drug abuse                    (a)        0.2       0.8            (a)        2.9       8.6           (a)        3.7       2.4
Poverty                                        (a)        3.0       3.0            (a)        2.4       6.3           (a)        5.0       3.2
Racial tension                                 (a)                               (a)                              (a)                  
Students come unprepared to learn              (a)       (a)        1.3            (a)       (a)        2.5           (a)       (a)        3.8
Poor nutrition                                 (a)       (a)        1.1            (a)       (a)        0.0           (a)       (a)        2.0
Poor student health                            (a)       (a)                      (a)       (a)        0.0           (a)       (a)        2.0
Student problems with English language         (a)       (a)        1.0            (a)       (a)                     (a)       (a)        0.4
Cultural conflict                              (a)                (a)             (a)                (a)            (a)                (a)
Physical abuse of teachers                               0.1      (a)              0.0               (a)                      0.3      (a)
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(a) Item not included on SASS questionnaire that year.
 Too few cases for a reliable estimate.
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education, , Schools and
Staffing Survey:  1993-94 (Public and Private School Principal Questionnaires).


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