A Guide to Education and No Child Left Behind
October 2004
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The School Community

Teachers and Principals

The ratio of administrative staff members to teaching staff members is about even. Just over half (51 percent) of public school staff members are teachers.17

School principals are well-educated and experienced. Only around 10 percent of public school principals are under age 40, and 98 percent have a master's degree or above. About 44 percent of public school principals are women.18


The majority of American public school students, 52 percent, attend suburban schools. Thirty-one percent of public school students attend city schools, and 17 percent attend rural schools.19

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