Characteristics of Public School Districts in the United States:
NCES 2009-320
June 2009


Table 4.  Percentage of public school districts that offered various benefits to teachers, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08

Selected public school
district characteristic
General medical insurance Retirement plan1 Housing, housing subsidies,
or rent assistance
Dental insurance Group life insurance Defined- benefit Defined- contribution Tuition
reimburse-
ment
  Subsidized meals   Subsidized transportation  
All public school districts  98.0 85.2 80.0 83.0 65.9 44.6 3.4   3.8   2.9  
                         
District size                         
1 school  96.6 80.2 70.2 78.4 65.5 45.2 5.9   6.6   2.8  
2-3 schools  97.6 81.0 79.1 81.3 62.4 45.9 2.9   3.3   2.6  
4-5 schools  99.4 88.3 83.5 86.0 66.4 44.5 2.4   3.6   3.7  
6-9 schools  99.0 92.3 88.9 86.1 69.2 44.4 0.8   1.2 ! 2.4  
10-19 schools  99.5 94.0 90.3 90.3 69.2 41.3 2.0   1.6   3.4  
20 or more schools  99.7 96.9 96.1 93.7 72.2 40.6 2.6   0.7   2.7  
                         
Community type                         
City  99.9 90.7 81.2 82.5 68.8 45.2 0.6 ! 4.3   3.4  
Suburban  99.2 95.2 84.8 83.2 66.3 53.1 0.3   0.7 ! 1.4  
Town  99.5 88.0 85.8 83.4 68.9 39.8 1.8 ! 4.8   3.5  
Rural  96.4 78.1 75.3 83.0 63.9 42.5 6.2   4.7   3.2  
                         
District K-12 enrollment                         
Less than 250  93.6 75.5 64.7 78.8 61.0 42.9 10.1   9.1   3.3  
250-999  98.6 80.5 77.9 78.6 64.4 43.8 2.4   3.5   2.9  
1,000-1,999  99.5 89.2 84.5 86.1 67.6 47.3 1.0   2.8   2.1  
2,000-4,999  99.5 93.3 88.1 88.0 70.0 48.0 1.2   1.5   3.7  
5,000-9,999  99.8 96.0 91.7 89.1 68.5 41.9 0.4   1.1 ! 1.8  
10,000 or more  99.7 96.9 94.1 91.9 72.0 39.5 2.1   0.6   2.4  
                         
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches 
                       
0-34  98.8 88.0 83.8 82.9 67.5 50.5 1.0   2.1   2.3  
35-49  98.9 83.6 80.2 83.7 64.9 42.6 2.5   4.1   3.7  
50-74  98.2 82.8 81.7 84.3 65.9 37.2 5.4   4.7   3.6  
75 or more  98.2 88.9 75.5 85.1 62.5 40.7 4.9   7.7   2.7  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program 
91.5 78.4 63.5 75.9 66.0 49.3 8.4 ! 3.5 ! 1.8 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Districts can offer both defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. A defined-benefit retirement plan is a plan in which benefits are invested in a group trust fund which employees do notcontrol. Benefits are based on a formula that takes into account employee's length of employment and earnings. Most state retirement plans are defined-benefit. A defined-contribution retirement plan is aplan where contributions are paid into an individually-controlled retirement account. Funds available at retirement depend on the nature of the investment and returns. 403(b) plans are defined-contribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.