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Number and percentage distribution of public school teachers, by reported level of agreement with the statement, 'I am given the support I need to teach students with special needs' and selected school characteristics: 2007–08

Selected school characteristic Number of teachers   Percent of teachers who  
  Strongly agree   Somewhat agree   Somewhat disagree   Strongly disagree  
All public schools  3,404,500   21.0   46.2   23.2   9.6  
                     
School classification                     
Traditional public  3,332,100   20.9   46.3   23.2   9.6  
Charter school  72,400   22.5   40.6   26.3   10.6  
                     
Community type                     
City  882,400   18.4   43.6   25.8   12.2  
Suburb  1,200,700   20.6   47.1   23.1   9.1  
Town  467,500   20.5   47.9   23.0   8.7  
Rural  853,900   24.5   46.6   20.8   8.1  
                     
School level                     
Elementary  2,147,900   20.9   45.3   23.6   10.2  
Secondary  1,099,800   20.6   47.7   23.1   8.6  
Combined  156,900   24.9   47.7   19.5   7.8  
                     
Student enrollment                     
Less than 100  48,700   28.8   44.4   20.9   5.9  
100-199  124,100   27.6   44.4   19.7   8.3  
200-499  1,029,800   22.6   44.9   23.1   9.4  
500-749  845,100   19.0   46.2   24.5   10.3  
750-999  488,600   21.2   45.1   23.3   10.4  
1,000 or more  868,100   19.5   48.8   22.7   9.0  
                     
Percent of K-12 students who
   were approved for free or
   reduced-price lunches
                   
0-34  1,487,900   22.7   47.6   22.1   7.6  
35-49  576,000   20.3   47.2   22.8   9.7  
50-74  722,500   19.2   44.6   24.8   11.4  
75 or more  554,700   18.6   43.7   25.3   12.4  
School did not participate in free or
   reduced-price lunch program
63,400   27.4   44.7   17.8   10.1 !
                     
All BIE schools  4,400   20.3   46.1   24.1   9.5  
! 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 Teacher and BIE School Teacher Data Files," 2007–08.


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