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

State Number of teachers   Percent of teachers who  
  Strongly agree   Somewhat agree   Somewhat disagree   Strongly disagree  
United States  3,404,500   21.0   46.2   23.2   9.6  
                     
Alabama  53,200   26.6   45.5   20.4   7.5  
Alaska  8,100   18.7   44.7   24.1   12.5  
Arizona  66,500   19.0   43.2   23.7   14.0  
Arkansas  35,800   24.5   47.8   22.0   5.7  
California  310,000   18.4   45.0   25.2   11.4  
                     
Colorado  50,100   19.2   47.2   24.4   9.2  
Connecticut  50,100   18.6   45.8   26.0   9.6  
Delaware  8,300   14.5   39.9   31.3   14.4  
District of Columbia  4,400   17.6   33.6   22.9   25.9  
Florida  177,200   22.8   45.5   21.9   9.9  
                     
Georgia  121,900   27.2   46.3   17.8   8.7  
Hawaii  12,800   18.8   41.9   26.9   12.4  
Idaho  16,200   17.8   51.0   24.0   7.1  
Illinois  145,000   20.1   45.1   25.4   9.4  
Indiana  68,400   17.3   48.6   22.8   11.4  
                     
Iowa  39,600   20.4   49.9   23.8   5.9  
Kansas  37,700   21.8   49.5   22.8   5.9  
Kentucky  44,400   27.2   45.7   20.2   6.9  
Louisiana  48,100   24.7   47.4   18.8   9.1  
Maine  17,800   20.5   46.3   25.3   7.9  
                     
Maryland  59,900   20.2   43.6   23.7   12.5  
Massachusetts  80,400   16.8   39.7   29.6   14.0  
Michigan  98,300   20.1   41.6   27.1   11.2  
Minnesota  64,000   17.4   50.0   24.3   8.2  
Mississippi  35,500   27.8   44.7   19.2   8.2  
                     
Missouri  73,300   21.1   52.2   21.0   5.7  
Montana  12,700   23.0   44.9   26.0   6.1  
Nebraska  23,200   21.2   54.4   18.8   5.6  
Nevada  23,700   18.2   44.7   28.6   8.5  
New Hampshire  17,400   21.5   46.6   23.5   8.4  
                     
New Jersey  124,500   16.1   47.3   25.1   11.6  
New Mexico  22,700   17.2   43.2   26.6   13.1  
New York  228,100   19.7   43.7   24.6   12.0  
North Carolina  96,000   16.5   49.4   26.9   7.2  
North Dakota  8,900   26.4   52.7   18.0   3.0  
                     
Ohio  134,300   18.8   47.5   23.1   10.6  
Oklahoma  46,500   25.3   45.5   21.3   7.9  
Oregon  31,700   13.7   44.5   28.9   13.0  
Pennsylvania  136,900   27.0   46.7   17.2   9.1  
Rhode Island  13,200   13.9   40.9   31.5   13.8  
                     
South Carolina  49,000   23.4   47.8   22.0   6.7  
South Dakota  10,600   23.3   50.2   22.7   3.7  
Tennessee  67,100   21.0   47.1   22.6   9.3  
Texas  340,400   26.5   47.1   19.3   7.1  
Utah  27,200   17.3   49.7   22.6   10.5  
                     
Vermont  10,200   21.3   48.2   23.8   6.7  
Virginia  94,000   22.1   45.6   23.2   9.0  
Washington  58,100   8.5   45.1   33.1   13.3  
West Virginia  22,900   23.8   44.9   21.7   9.6  
Wisconsin  70,100   18.0   50.8   23.8   7.4  
Wyoming  7,900   26.3   51.4   17.8   4.5  
NOTE: 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 Teacher Data File," 2007–08.


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