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Table 7.  Percentage of library media centers that had space for a full class of students at one time, percentage of those that could accommodate other activities concurrent with a full class, and percentage of library media centers that were available for independent student use during specific times, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2007–08
Number of schools with library media centers Percent of library media centers that had space for a full class of students at one time Of library media
centers that had
space for a full
class, percent that
could accommodate
other activities
concurrent with
a full class1
School type and selected
school characteristic
Percent of library media centers that were available for independent student use
Before school After school During regular school hours
All public schools  81,920 97.8 82.3 59.0 57.1 89.9
             
School classification             
Traditional public  80,100 98.1 82.5 59.4 57.2 90.2
Charter school  1,820 82.2 69.1 43.9 55.1 76.4
             
Community type             
City  19,340 97.7 82.4 54.5 57.6 89.1
Suburban  23,740 98.6 86.1 55.6 52.6 88.5
Town  12,380 97.9 80.9 62.0 60.4 88.9
Rural  26,450 97.1 79.4 64.0 59.3 92.2
             
School level             
Elementary  59,730 98.3 80.1 50.9 48.1 87.6
Secondary  17,760 97.7 90.7 85.7 85.4 96.8
Combined  4,430 90.9 77.7 62.5 64.7 92.8
             
Student enrollment             
Less than 100  3,040 84.5 56.7 40.4 48.0 80.6
100-199  6,600 93.6 69.4 51.5 49.7 83.7
200-499  34,460 98.3 79.2 51.5 49.5 89.1
500-749  20,010 98.7 85.5 60.0 57.6 90.5
750-999  8,600 99.9 90.5 68.6 66.7 92.8
1,000 or more  9,200 99.4 94.7 88.1 84.0 96.5
             
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
           
0-34  32,390 98.5 87.0 62.7 59.4 91.9
35-49  14,270 97.8 83.2 61.2 57.0 89.7
50-74  18,280 98.5 80.6 59.7 57.7 90.2
75 or more  15,460 96.2 74.2 50.8 52.5 85.9
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
1,520 90.2 74.8 37.2 49.2 87.9
             
All BIE schools  160 95.3 68.7 61.7 68.6 92.8
1 Concurrent activities included production activities, conferences, small group work, or individual browsing.
NOTE: The 2007–08 Schools and Staffing Survey did not collect School Library Media Center data from private schools. BIE school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) that are operated by the BIE, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district. 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 Library Media Center and BIE School Library Media Center Data Files," 2007–08.


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