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Table 14.  Number and percentage of schools that had teaching vacancies for the current school year, by methods used for covering teaching vacancies at the school, school type, and selected school characteristics: 2003–04

School type and selected school characteristic Number Percent   Of schools that had teaching vacancies for the current school year, percent of schools that used various methods for covering vacancies
Hired a fully qualified teacher Hired a less than fully qualified teacher Used long-term or short-term substitutes Cancelled planned course offerings Expanded some class sizes Added sections to other teachers' normal teaching loads Assigned a teacher of another subject or grade level to cover vacancy Assigned an administrator or counselor to teach those classes
All schools  83,845 71.9   91.9 17.0 26.0 3.0 12.0 10.1 10.3 4.2
                       
All public schools  64,954 73.7   92.7 16.4 30.3 3.1 12.9 9.6 9.8 2.1
                       
School classification                       
Traditional public  63,415 73.8   92.7 16.2 30.3 3.1 13.0 9.6 9.8 1.9
Charter school  1,539 70.6   90.1 23.4 28.5 4.6 9.7 9.8 11.3 12.5
                       
Community type                       
Central city  16,569 75.4   90.7 19.2 42.4 3.4 15.8 10.8 12.1 2.1
Urban fringe/large town  32,537 76.9   94.2 14.4 30.0 2.5 12.0 8.9 8.7 1.5
Rural/small town  15,849 66.6   91.5 17.6 18.4 4.1 11.7 9.9 9.6 3.4
                       
School level                       
Elementary  44,486 72.3   93.1 12.6 29.7 1.2 9.5 4.7 7.9 1.4
Secondary  15,990 80.4   92.0 26.1 33.9 7.4 21.6 21.0 14.0 2.5
Combined  4,478 67.3   90.3 19.5 23.8 6.4 15.7 18.4 14.4 7.7
                       
Student enrollment                       
Less than 100  2,616 37.9   81.7 17.4 19.9 3.8 6.3 8.0 7.0 7.3
100–199  4,602 58.1   84.7 15.9 23.8 5.0 9.0 8.6 9.5 5.3
200–499  25,867 72.5   93.9 11.7 23.1 2.1 10.2 6.1 7.8 2.0
500–749  16,435 81.5   93.1 16.2 32.4 1.8 11.1 5.7 8.7 1.3
750–999  7,136 85.0   93.2 21.8 37.4 3.9 16.6 12.7 14.2 0.8
1,000 or more  8,298 91.6   95.2 26.9 49.2 6.9 25.9 26.9 15.7 2.0
                       
All BIA schools  124 73.7   85.6 23.6 33.3 8.9 21.5 15.5 23.0 9.3
                       
All private schools  18,767 66.1   89.5 19.2 11.0 2.4 8.8 11.7 11.7 11.2
                       
School classification                       
Catholic  5,896 74.5   92.7 16.2 9.8 1.8 5.8 7.5 8.1 4.0
Other religious  8,217 60.2   89.0 21.1 11.2 3.2 11.9 15.4 15.1 17.8
Nonsectarian  4,654 68.4   86.2 19.6 12.2 1.7 6.9 10.3 10.5 8.7
                       
Community type                       
Central city  6,880 70.5   89.9 20.0 12.8 2.3 9.7 10.5 12.4 10.3
Urban fringe/large town  9,507 67.3   89.8 18.1 9.5 2.5 7.9 12.0 11.2 11.1
Rural/small town  2,380 52.9   86.9 21.0 12.0 2.4 9.5 13.9 12.2 14.4
                       
School level                       
Elementary  11,103 64.1   88.7 17.2 9.1 1.5 6.5 7.0 9.3 8.5
Secondary  2,019 76.0   93.1 20.4 11.4 3.7 9.8 16.2 12.8 8.2
Combined  5,645 67.2   89.6 22.7 14.8 3.7 12.8 19.3 16.2 17.7
                       
Student enrollment                       
Less than 100  6,872 50.9   82.8 22.9 13.2 3.1 7.6 12.3 13.6 16.6
100–199  4,696 75.0   93.5 15.7 7.6 1.2 10.9 10.7 12.4 9.5
200–499  5,391 81.1   92.4 18.1 9.1 2.7 8.2 10.7 10.3 7.5
500–749  1,112 90.5   95.3 17.9 15.8 1.7 7.6 11.5 7.2 4.7
750 or more  697 92.4   95.7 15.9 19.8 2.2 12.0 20.2 7.2 9.0
NOTE: BIA school refers to schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) that are operated by the BIA, a tribe, or a private contractor and not by a regular school district.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, 2003–04, Public School, BIA School, and Private School Data Files.


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