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


Table 6.    Average number of public school teachers who were newly hired for grades K–12 and comparable ungraded levels, percentage of districts that offered free training for teachers in fields with current or anticipated shortages, and percentage of districts that used various methods for recruiting new teachers, by selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
 
Selected public school
 district characteristic
Average number of teachers who were newly hired for grades K-12 and comparable ungraded levels Percent of districts that offered free training for teachers in fields with current or anticipated shortages Percent of districts that used various methods for recruiting new teachers  
Forgiveness of student loan(s) funded by the district Finder's fee to existing staff for new teacher referrals
Signing bonuses Relocation assistance
             
                           
All public school districts  22.4   30.7     6.8   2.2   3.6   1.5  
                           
District size                           
1 school  3.3   33.5     5.3   2.6   3.0   3.4  
2-3 schools  6.9   28.9     5.8   1.3   2.9   0.4  
4-5 schools  13.3   29.5     5.9   0.9   2.2   0.3 !
6-9 schools  25.1   24.7     5.8   2.8 ! 3.7   0.6 !
10-19 schools  51.7   31.7     13.7   3.6   6.5   1.9  
20 or more schools  217.8   41.9     18.6   5.7   10.9   2.1  
                           
Community type                           
City  47.2   42.6     9.3   4.8   4.4   3.5 !
Suburban  40.0   22.9     2.9   1.0   1.5   2.4  
Town  16.5   30.3     7.1   1.2   4.2   1.9 !
Rural  9.8   30.9     7.8   2.5   4.1   0.5 !
                           
District K-12 enrollment                           
Less than 250  2.1   35.7     6.2   3.2   4.1   3.4  
250-999  5.0   31.3     6.2   1.8   2.8   1.3 !
1,000-1,999  10.7   26.5     5.0   1.0   2.3   0.5 !
2,000-4,999  23.1   26.7     5.4   2.0   3.2   0.6 !
5,000-9,999  52.5   26.0     11.5   2.8   5.4   2.0  
10,000 or more  206.2   40.3     18.3   5.5   9.4   2.2  
                           
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches
                        
0-34  22.5   22.1     4.3   0.8   2.5   0.4  
35-49  27.5   31.0     6.5   1.4   4.3   0.9  
50-74  25.1   36.6     10.5   2.7   4.2   1.7 !
75 or more  20.4   41.0     11.1   9.4   6.5   2.0 !
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
4.6   38.5     3.2 ! 0.3 ! 1.6 ! 7.1 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2007–08.


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