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Number and percentage of public school teachers who spent their own unreimbursed money on classroom supplies and average amount spent during the 2006–07 school year, by selected school and teacher characteristics: 2007–08

Selected school characteristics Total number of public school teachers   Percent of teachers who spent their own unreimbursed money   Average amount of money spent among teachers who spent their own unreimbursed money  
All public schools  3,404,500   92.4   $450  
             
School classification             
Traditional public  3,332,100   92.5   450  
Charter school  72,400   87.3   460  
             
Community type             
City  882,400   92.6   510  
Suburban  1,200,700   92.8   450  
Town  467,500   92.1   400  
Rural  853,900   92.0   410  
             
School level            
Primary 1,629,400   94.3   510  
Middle 622,500   92.8   390  
High 993,800   92.1   400  
Combined 158,800   92.0   410  
             
Student enrollment             
Less than 100  48,700   86.9   430  
100-199  124,100   92.2   410  
200-499  1,029,800   92.5   460  
500-749  845,100   94.1   490  
750-999  488,600   92.8   450  
1,000 or more  868,100   90.8   420  
             
Percent of K-12 students who
  were approved for free or
  reduced-price lunches
           
0-34  1,487,900   92.7   420  
35-49  576,000   93.1   440  
50-74  722,700   91.9   450  
75 or more  554,700   92.3   560  
             
School did not participate
  in free or reduced-price
  lunch program
63,400   86.8   360  
             
Main teaching assignment            
Elementary education 1,100,700   95.6   560  
Special education 394,800   93.0   440  
Arts and music 224,300   92.1   420  
English and language arts 410,000   92.8   390  
English as a second
language
44,900   90.0   530  
Foreign languages 84,400   92.5   360  
Health education 182,000   80.9   280  
Mathematics and computer
science
298,600   89.6   360  
Natural sciences 210,500   92.5   420  
Social sciences 222,700   93.0   410  
Vocational, career, or
technical education
171,900   88.5   380  
Miscellaneous 19,700   86.0   370  
Other 40,100   89.7   440  
             
Age            
Less than 30 611,800   85.9   440  
30 - 49 1,606,700   86.0   450  
50 or more 1,086,700   89.7   470  
             
Sex            
Male 820,900   87.7   400  
Female 2,583,600   93.9   460  
             
Race/ethnicity            
Hispanic, regardless of
race
240,300   90.3   550  
White, non-Hispanic 2,829,200   92.7   440  
Black or African-American,
non-Hispanic
239,500   92.0   400  
Other1  91,800   91.9   570  
1 Other includes Asian, non-Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic, and two or more races, non-Hispanic.
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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