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ERIC Number: ED472837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Staffing Patterns in Public School Systems: Current Status and Trends, Update 2002. Research Snapshot.
Williams, Alicia R.; Protheroe, Nancy; Parks, Michael C.
This document provides information about staffing patterns within U.S. public-school systems for use by education leaders, policymakers, and community members. This information, presented for the 2001-02 school year, answers questions, such as Why is information about staffing ratios important? How many people currently work in public schools? and How have staffing patterns changed over the years? Nationwide, the number of students per classroom teacher declined by 12 percent over the last decade. However, large school districts with 25,000 students or more enrolled continue to experience higher student/teacher ratios than their counterparts with smaller enrollments. In the 1997-98 school year, for example, the pupil/teacher ratio for large school systems was 18.8, compared with 17.5 nationally, decreasing to 17.9 percent in the 2000-01 school year. Overall, teachers remain the largest group of staff employed in U.S. public-school systems, comprising about 52 percent of all public-school employees in the 1999-2000 academic year. They also receive the largest portion of district budget allocations. Central-office professionals, such as superintendents and directors of finance and business, in contrast, composed the smallest segment of staff, representing only 1 percent of district employees in the 2001-02 school year--the same percentage as 5 years ago. They also received the smallest portion of district dollars directed toward staff compensation (3.3 percent). (RT)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Community; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.
Note: "National Survey of Salaries and Wages in Public Schools. 29th Edition."