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Published in Print: March 1, 2000, as The State of Superintendents

The State of Superintendents

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Here are some of the findings from "The 2000 Study of the American School Superintendency," a survey of 2,536 superintendents conducted for the American Association of School Administrators:

White: 94.9 percent
Persons of color*: 5.1 percent (up from 3.9 percent in 1992).

Male: 86.6 percent
Median age: 52.5
Time in current position (median): five to six years

Political affiliation:
Democrat: 35 percent
Republican: 33.5 percent
Independent: 31.5 percent

Views on gender discrimination:
Percentage of female superintendents who agree that school boards don't view women as strong managers: 81.6
Percentage of male superintendents who agree with that statement: 42.6.

(Figures may not add up to 100 percent because some respondents did not answer particular items.)

* Defined as African-American, Hispanic, or other racial or ethnic minority.

Vol. 19, Issue 25, Page 3

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