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Public and Private School Principle in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1987-88 to 1993-94
Table A19.Percentage of public and private secondary 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 secondary schools
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                                 Lack of parent                   Student                       Students come
School characteristics           involvement    Student apathy    alcohol use    Poverty        unprepared to learn
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PUBLIC
     Total                            19.7           14.7           13.3           13.3           12.5
     Minority enrollment
          Less than 20%               13.7           12.0           15.6            7.0            8.6
          20% to 50%                  20.8           16.1           12.3           12.3           14.4
          More than 50%               38.7           21.9            7.0           36.0           23.3
     School size
          Less than 150               22.4           14.3           15.9           16.3           11.0
          150 to 499                  19.3           13.2           15.4           13.6           14.7
          500 to 749                  17.3           13.5           11.9           11.7            8.8
          750 or more                 20.0           16.6           11.2           12.6           13.1
     District size
          Less than 1,000             17.8           10.3           17.7           12.7           11.1
          1,000-4,999                 17.9           15.6           14.2           11.7           11.8
          5,000-9,999                 18.5           13.5            9.9            9.2            8.5
          10,000 or more              24.2           17.6            9.1           19.0           16.3
     Community type
          Central city                23.8           16.3            6.1           21.6           17.2
          Urban fringe/large town     16.4           13.2           11.4            8.4            9.2
          Rural/small town            19.8           14.7           16.3           12.9           12.5
PRIVATE
     Total                             5.2            5.0           11.6            6.3            2.5
     Minority enrollment
          Less than 20%                0.7                          8.5                           
          20% to 50%                   7.0            9.2                         10.7            1.7
          More than 50%               19.4           16.5           42.5           21.4             
     School size
          Less than 150                7.6            8.1           18.4           10.2            5.4
          150 to 499                   5.8            5.0            5.0            6.2             
          500 to 749                   0.0            0.0           11.0            0.0             
          750 or more                  0.0            0.0           13.9            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 secondary 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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