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Schools continue to have personnel and resource shortages, according to new statistics.

Nearly half of schools were still struggling to fill a teacher vacancy in October. 4 in 5 schools were having trouble buying food, technology and other supplies. The data is drawn from a monthly survey of 990 schools across the country. Education Department: Shortfalls disproportionately hit high-poverty and schools that serve minorities. Students in low-poverty schools had fewer difficulties filling vacancies than those in cities.

Among schools that are more than 75 percent minority, 60 percent reported having a vacancy. In Oklahoma, districts can now hire high school graduates instead of college graduates. The percentage of schools facing teaching vacancies has not changed significantly.