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Public and Private School Principle in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1987-88 to 1993-94
Table A18.Percentage of public and private elementary school principals who view certain issues
            as serious problems in their schools, by selected school characteristics:  1993-94
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                                                Five most frequently identified problems in elementary schools
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                                                   Students come      Lack of parent    Parent alcohol/   Student
School characteristics                   Poverty  unprepared tolearn  involvement       drug abuse        apathy
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PUBLIC
     Total                                  17.0       11.6              10.2              7.0               5.6
     Minority enrollment
     Less than 20%                           8.6       6.0               5.0               3.6               3.6
     20% to 50%                             14.7       13.1              11.3              8.6               8.1
     More than 50%                          38.4       23.1              20.9              13.3              7.9
     School size
     Less than 150                          14.6       6.0               5.4               6.6               2.9
     150 to 499                             16.2       10.0              10.0              7.0               4.7
     500 to 749                             16.4       15.1              9.8               6.2               7.0
     750 or more                            23.9       14.2              15.0              8.7               8.3
     District size
     Less than 1,000                        12.9       5.8               5.9               6.9               4.3
     1,000-4,999                            13.6       9.7               7.7               4.6               6.0
     5,000-9,999                            14.3       10.1              12.4              6.0               6.5
     10,000 or more                         22.4       15.3              13.3              9.1               5.9
     Community type
          Central city                      26.1       18.8              15.8              10.2              6.3
          Urban fringe/large town           10.6       8.3               7.4               4.9               3.6
          Rural/small town                  16.0       9.6               8.7               6.5               6.4
PRIVATE
     Total                                   3.0       1.3               1.9               0.8               0.9
     Minority enrollment
     Less than 20%                           0.8       0.5               0.2               0.0               0.0
     20% to 50%                              1.3       0.3               1.4               0.9                
     More than 50%                          11.6       4.8               8.5               3.4               4.7
     School size
     Less than 150                           2.9       1.4               2.0               1.5               1.2
     150 to 499                              2.9       1.3               1.4                                0.7
     500 to 749                                       0.0                                0.0               0.0
     750 or more                                      0.0                                0.0               0.0
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 Too few cases for a reliable estimate.
NOTE:  Problems listed are the five most frequently identified in elementary schools, in order of frequency.
SOURCE:  U.S. Department of Education, , Schools and 
Staffing  Survey:  1993-94 (Public School Principal, Public School, and Teacher Demand and 
Shortage  Questionnaires).


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