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Hawaii school year begins with hundreds of teacher vacancies

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Education has yet to fill hundreds of teaching positions across the state as school has started for more than 180,000 students.

Officials with the department say there were 625 positions that still needed to be filled as of last week, even after 100 positions were filled during the summer. State data shows the number of teacher vacancies more than doubled within two months this summer.

The department had increased its recruitment efforts in response to the teacher shortage by sending teams to meet with potential applicants in mainland cities between March and July, including Chicago, Portland and Los Angeles.

Teacher advocates say low salaries have contributed to the shortage.

DOE officials maintain that the hiring process is selective and remain optimistic in improving retention rates.

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