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Table 8.  Percentage of library media centers that were used as a classroom due to a classroom shortage during the most recent full week of school, and percentage distribution of library media centers that had various types of scheduling, by school type and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

School type and selected
school characteristic
Number of schools with library media centers Percent used as a classroom during the most recent full week of school Percentage distribution of library media centers that had  
    Only flexible scheduling1   Only regular scheduling   Both flexible and regular scheduling  
All public schools  81,920   10.2   22.9   18.1   59.1  
                     
School classification                     
Traditional public  80,100   10.1   22.9   18.1   59.0  
Charter school  1,820   13.2 ! 20.7 ! 15.9 ! 63.4  
                     
Community type                     
City  19,340   9.3   23.6   17.7   58.6  
Suburban  23,740   8.9   22.9   22.3   54.9  
Town  12,380   9.0   21.2   20.7   58.2  
Rural  26,450   12.6   23.1   13.3   63.6  
                     
School level                     
Elementary  59,730   8.3   12.6   23.7   63.8  
Secondary  17,760   14.0   57.3   2.0   40.8  
Combined  4,430   20.6   24.1   6.7 ! 69.2  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100  3,040   18.1   23.1   14.5 ! 62.4  
100-199  6,600   14.0   13.7   14.9   71.3  
200-499  34,460   9.5   13.1   19.8   67.1  
500-749  20,010   7.0   22.0   25.2   52.8  
750-999  8,600   11.9   29.5   13.4   57.1  
1,000 or more  9,200   13.0   62.0   3.6 ! 34.4  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34  32,390   10.2   26.8   16.8   56.4  
35-49  14,270   10.8   22.4   15.2   62.4  
50-74  18,280   8.6   21.2   17.3   61.5  
75 or more  15,460   10.3   16.7   24.7   58.6  
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
1,520   21.8   27.3   12.2 ! 60.4  
                     
All BIE schools  160   17.2   12.1   13.1   74.8  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 30 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 Flexible scheduling indicates that the library media center is available as needed.
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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