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Table 29.  Percentage distribution of public schools reporting that their efforts to reduce or prevent crime at school were limited in a major way, a minor way, or not at all, by selected factors: School year 2007–08
 
Factor  Efforts to reduce or prevent crime were limited in a major way   Efforts to reduce or prevent crime were limited in a minor way   Efforts to reduce or prevent crime were not limited at all
Lack of or inadequate teacher training in classroom management  6   37   57
Lack of or inadequate alternative placements or programs
   for disruptive students 
25   38   36
Likelihood of complaints from parents  4   31   65
           
Lack of teacher support for school policies  4   21   75
Lack of parental support for school policies  9   39   52
Teachers’ fear of student retaliation  2   19   79
           
Fear of litigation  5   32   63
Inadequate funds  24   40   37
Inconsistent application of school policies by faculty or staff  7   39   53
           
Fear of district or state reprisal  3   16   81
Federal, state, or district policies on disciplining special
   education students1 
18   42   40
Federal policies on discipline and safety other than
   those for special education students1, 2 
5   31   64
State or district policies on discipline and safety other
   than those for special education students1, 2 
6   31   63
1 A special education student was defined for respondents as "a child with a disability, defined as mental retardation, hearing impairments (including deafness), speech or language impairments, visual impairments (including blindness), serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairments, or specific learning disabilities, and who needs special education and related services and receives these under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)."
2 The wording of this item was changed in 2008 to include the phrase "other than those for special education students." Therefore, caution should be exercised when making direct comparisons to prior School Survey on Crime and Safety collections.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.


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