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


Table 11.    Among districts with more than one school, percentage distribution of public school districts, by specific agreements with principals' associations or unions and selected public school district characteristics: 2007–08
 
Selected public school
 district characteristic
Percentage distribution of districts that had a specific agreement with a principals' association or union
  Collective bargaining1   Meet-and-confer2   No specific agreement3  
               
All districts with more than one school    15.5   10.4   74.1  
               
District size               
2-3 schools    11.6   6.8   81.6  
4-5 schools    15.2   10.1   74.7  
6-9 schools    21.5   11.3   67.2  
10-19 schools    17.3   14.6   68.1  
20 or more schools    17.7   21.9   60.5  
               
Community type               
City    18.3   22.0   59.8  
Suburban    28.8   14.8   56.4  
Town    11.8   9.3   78.9  
Rural    9.5   6.5   84.0  
               
District K-12 enrollment               
Less than 250    3.3   1.7   95.0  
250-999    7.2   4.8   88.1  
1,000-1,999    16.8   10.8   72.4  
2,000-4,999    21.9   12.4   65.7  
5,000-9,999    22.4   15.5   62.1  
10,000 or more    17.6   20.0   62.4  
               
Percent of K-12 students in
  district who were approved for
  free or reduced-price lunches
             
0-34    22.1   11.3   66.6  
35-49    14.9   11.4   73.7  
50-74    8.0   8.3   83.7  
75 or more    5.3   8.4   86.4  
District did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
  9.3 ! 10.6 ! 80.0  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Collective bargaining agreements are legally-binding agreements.
2 Meet-and-confer discussions are for the purpose of reaching non-legally-binding agreements.
3 This category includes both no agreements and other agreements that do not meet the precise legal definitions of collective bargaining and meet-and-confer agreements.
NOTE: Districts with only one school, including single traditional public schools and public charter schools that operate independently of a regular school district, were not asked about principalsalary schedules, specific agreements with principal unions, principal hiring, number of contract days for principals, principal tenure, or training programs for aspiring school administrators.Estimates in this table are based on 68 percent of all districts. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
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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