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Table 30.  Percentage of public middle schools reporting their efforts to reduce or prevent crime were limited by selected factors: 1999–2000

Factor that may limit school efforts to reduce or prevent crime Limit in
a major way
Limit in
a minor way
not limit
Lack of or inadequate teacher training in classroom management 5 47 48
Lack of or inadequate alternative placements/programs for disruptive students 31 38 31
Likelihood of complaints from parents 4 28 69
Lack of teacher support for school policies 1 20 78
Lack of parental support for school policies 6 37 58
Teachers' fear of student reprisal 1 22 77
Fear of litigation 4 37 59
Teacher contracts 3 24 72
Inadequate funds 23 41 37
Inconsistent application of school policies 4 27 70
Fear of district or state reprisal 2 16 82
Federal policies on disciplining disabled students 27 39 34
Other federal policies on discipline and safety 8 33 59
State or district policies on discipline and safety 6 32 62
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.