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Document Number: 5450

The Educational Adequacy of New Jersey Public School Facilities: Results from a Survey of Principals - This study asks principals' opinions on the condition of their schools. The researchers found the greatest number of principals (40%) giving the overall condition of their school facility a B, although roughly one-third of respondents awarded their schools a C or lower. Not surprisingly, principals of buildings in low-income districts were more likely to give their school facilities a lower grade overall, as well as a lower grade for adequacy to provide specialized services such as preschool and after-school programs, and specialized instruction such as physical education, arts/music, special education and science. Principals in high-poverty schools also believed their schools were a hindrance to teacher recruitment and retention. (Mark Schneider, State University of New York at Stony Brook, May 2004)...

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