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Public and Private School Principle in the United States: A Statistical Profile, 1987-88 to 1993-94
Table A21.-Percentage of public elementary school principals who view certain issues as serious
           problems in their schools, by sex, age, experience, and race-ethnicity of principals:  1993-94
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                                     Five most frequently identified problems in public elementary schools
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                                                  Students come     Lack of parent Parent alcohol/  Student
Principal characteristics            Poverty    unprepared to learn   involvement     drug abuse    apathy
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    Total                               17.0              11.6           10.2             7.0       5.6
Sex
    Male                                14.9               9.9           10.5             5.8       6.6
    Female                              20.0              14.0            9.6             8.6       4.1
Age
    Under 35                            20.3               6.4           10.5            11.5       4.2
    35-39                               16.6               8.8            8.6             8.7       4.3
    40-44                               14.4              11.9           10.4             4.5       5.3
    45-49                               17.8              12.8           10.8             8.1       7.7
    50-54                               18.8              12.4           11.1             7.8       4.4
    55 and over                         16.3               9.8            7.9             5.6       4.4
Experience as a principal
    Fewer than 3 years                  21.6              12.5           12.0             8.2       5.5
    3 to 9 years                        15.7              11.5            9.3             6.8       5.2
    10 years or more                    15.7              11.2            9.9             6.3       6.1
Race-ethnicity
    American Indian/Alaska Native       29.4              16.5           12.7             9.7       5.6
    Asian/Pacific Islander              17.2              14.5            7.1              -         -
    Black non-Hispanic                  30.0              16.1           16.1             9.6       5.7
    White non-Hispanic                  14.2              10.5            9.2             6.4       5.7
    Hispanic                            35.3              18.8           14.0            10.5       3.8
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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 Questionnaire).


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