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Percentage of public school districts that offered various benefits to teachers, by selected public school district
characteristics: 2011–12

              Retirement plan1            
Selected public school
district characteristic
General medical insurance   Dental insurance   Group life insurance   Defined
benefit
  Defined
contribution
  Tuition reimbursement   Housing, rent assistance, or subsidized
housing, meals,
or transportation
   
All public school districts 98.5 86.8 81.4 83.6 68.9 45.0 6.8
 
District size
1 school 96.6 83.2 75.2 75.7 65.2 42.2 8.1
2-3 schools 99.2 82.5 79.0 84.3 68.0 47.5 8.7
4-5 schools 99.6 89.8 84.5 86.8 72.4 46.8 6.0
6-9 schools 99.6 92.8 88.5 91.0 70.5 49.5 2.9
10-19 schools 99.3 95.0 90.2 91.5 73.8 41.1 5.7
20 or more schools 99.8 96.8 95.7 93.3 77.1 38.4 3.9
 
Community type 
City  98.2 91.2 84.2 75.0 71.5 41.5 6.1
Suburban  99.5 94.8 86.7 86.4 74.6 57.6 3.0
Town  99.4 89.9 81.4 85.0 70.1 45.4 6.3
Rural  97.8 81.2 78.5 84.7 65.4 40.9 8.8
 
District K-12 enrollment
Less than 250 94.8 77.9 70.6 75.6 60.3 40.1 11.1
250-999   99.1 83.9 78.7 81.2 67.6 44.2 8.5
1,000-1,999 99.8 90.5 85.4 86.9 74.2 51.6 3.8
2,000-4,999 99.5 92.7 88.2 89.0 72.7 50.1 3.9
5,000-9,999 99.4 96.5 91.5 92.1 71.9 41.4 3.2
10,000 or more 99.9 97.2 94.3 92.3 78.0 36.1 3.8
 
Percent of K-12 students in
district who were
approved for free or
reduced-price lunches
0-34  99.5 88.8 83.784.3 70.4 54.9 4.7
35-49  99.6 83.4 81.186.6 73.1 46.0 7.5
50-74  98.9 88.5 82.285.1 66.8 37.2 7.5
75 or more  96.8 86.4 83.482.4 66.2 43.0 7.5
     District did not participate
in free or reduced-
price lunch program
93.6  84.5  66.6 69.9  66.8   44.3  7.9! 
                               
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 percent and 50 percent (i.e., the standard error is at least 30 percent and less than 50 percent of the estimate).
1 Districts can offer both defined-benefit and defined-contribution retirement plans. A defined-benefit retirement plan is a plan in which benefits are invested in a group trust fund that employees do not control. Benefits are based on a formula that takes into account employee's length of employment and earnings. Most state retirement plans are defined benefit. A defined contribution retirement plan is a plan where contributions are paid into an individually controlled retirement account. Funds available at retirement depend on the nature of the investment and its returns. 403(b) plans are defined contribution.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), "Public School District Data File," 2011–12.


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