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Table C.1.c.-1 Percentage of public elementary and secondary schools with a teaching vacancy in selected teaching fields, by the school's reported level of difficulty in filling the vacancy, teaching field, and locale: 2007–08
Teaching field and school locale Easy   Somewhat difficult   Very difficult or could not fill the vacancy
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General elementary                                    
Total 74.2 (1.43)   21.7   (1.41)   4.1   (0.58)   3.8   (0.60)   0.3 ! (0.14)
City 68.4 (3.20)   24.9   (2.92)   6.7   (1.56)   6.1   (1.56)   0.5 ! (0.33)
Suburban 79.0 (2.33)   17.4   (2.21)   3.5 ! (1.40)   3.5 ! (1.41)     (†)
Town 75.2 (3.87)   22.9   (3.77)   1.9 ! (0.95)   1.7 ! (0.68)     (†)
Rural 73.7 (2.89)   22.7   (2.85)   3.7   (0.79)   3.2   (0.79)   0.4 ! (0.20)
                                     
Special education                                    
Total 32.6 (1.43)   38.2   (1.43)   29.3   (1.41)   26.0   (1.42)   3.3   (0.48)
City 34.3 (3.08)   34.6   (3.30)   31.2   (3.24)   27.6   (2.99)   3.5 ! (1.10)
Suburban 31.3 (2.72)   41.9   (2.87)   26.8   (2.60)   24.2   (2.51)   2.6   (0.66)
Town 34.2 (4.29)   35.6   (4.02)   30.2   (3.53)   26.8   (3.53)   3.4   (0.93)
Rural 31.7 (2.76)   38.4   (2.51)   29.9   (2.55)   26.1   (2.42)   3.8   (1.04)
                                     
English/language arts                                    
Total 58.6 (1.75)   31.7   (1.72)   9.7   (1.07)   8.2   (0.91)   1.6 ! (0.61)
City 61.6 (3.58)   29.3   (3.28)   9.1   (2.18)   6.0   (1.38)   3.1 ! (1.76)
Suburban 63.6 (3.36)   27.3   (3.14)   9.1   (2.58)   7.9 ! (2.48)   1.2 ! (0.71)
Town 58.7 (4.67)   30.5   (4.53)   10.8   (2.47)   10.5   (2.48)   0.2 ! (0.14)
Rural 52.2 (3.26)   37.5   (3.06)   10.3   (1.48)   9.0   (1.31)   1.3 ! (0.89)
                                     
Social studies                                    
Total 68.2 (2.49)   26.3   (2.04)   5.5   (1.50)   5.1   (1.50)   0.4 ! (0.26)
City 71.0 (4.81)   25.1   (4.46)   3.9 ! (1.67)   3.7 ! (1.69)     (†)
Suburban 72.4 (3.89)   22.5   (3.43)   5.1 ! (2.44)   4.1 ! (2.38)   1.0 ! (0.79)
Town 65.4 (6.29)   31.3   (6.28)   3.4 ! (1.81)   3.0 ! (1.75)     (†)
Rural 63.5 (4.69)   28.4   (3.45)   8.1 ! (3.72)   8.0 ! (3.71)     (†)
                                     
Computer science                                    
Total 43.0 (3.71)   35.7   (3.55)   21.3   (2.75)   17.0   (2.34)   4.3 ! (1.50)
City 44.6 (6.51)   33.0   (5.99)   22.5   (5.35)   14.5   (4.00)   8.0 ! (4.34)
Suburban 43.6 (7.96)   38.4   (7.58)   18.0   (5.37)   17.6 ! (5.40)   0.4 ! (0.37)
Town 42.0 (12.33)   35.6 ! (12.47)   22.4 ! (8.89)   20.4 ! (8.85)   2.0 ! (1.48)
Rural 41.6 (5.29)   35.4   (5.17)   23.0   (3.89)   17.4   (3.26)   5.7 ! (2.47)
                                     
Mathematics                                    
Total 35.0 (1.91)   34.1   (1.96)   31.0   (1.91)   28.5   (1.90)   2.4   (0.41)
City 35.5 (4.43)   32.2   (3.79)   32.3   (3.80)   29.2   (3.90)   3.1 ! (0.98)
Suburban 39.1 (3.61)   31.0   (3.22)   29.9   (3.55)   27.9   (3.60)   2.0 ! (0.89)
Town 35.8 (5.25)   37.2   (6.10)   27.1   (4.54)   24.7   (4.40)   2.4 ! (0.86)
Rural 31.0 (3.59)   36.5   (2.71)   32.5   (2.93)   30.3   (2.76)   2.3 ! (0.75)
                                     
Biology or life sciences                                    
Total 30.1 (2.00)   38.9   (2.04)   31.0   (2.20)   28.6   (2.08)   2.4 ! (0.80)
City 30.7 (4.26)   35.6   (4.62)   33.7   (4.21)   28.4   (3.75)   5.3 ! (2.77)
Suburban 33.4 (4.35)   37.1   (4.93)   29.5   (5.14)   28.4   (5.09)   1.1 ! (0.61)
Town 33.4 (4.72)   43.6   (5.66)   23.0   (4.65)   21.8   (4.51)   1.3 ! (0.76)
Rural 25.0 (2.68)   40.8   (4.10)   34.2   (4.11)   32.4   (4.12)   1.8 ! (0.82)
                                     
Physical sciences                                    
Total 28.8 (2.74)   39.9   (2.60)   31.3   (2.20)   28.9   (2.18)   2.3   (0.58)
City 32.7 (5.06)   37.6   (5.58)   29.7   (4.39)   26.8   (4.15)   2.9 ! (1.48)
Suburban 31.9 (5.02)   38.6   (4.85)   29.5   (4.38)   28.4   (4.50)   1.1 ! (0.58)
Town 24.1 (5.58)   46.2   (7.35)   29.7   (6.18)   26.2   (5.71)   3.5 ! (1.73)
Rural 24.4 (4.34)   40.5   (4.10)   35.1   (3.20)   32.3   (3.05)   2.8 ! (1.26)
                                     
English as a second language                                    
Total 32.3 (2.68)   39.7   (2.88)   28.0   (2.43)   25.2   (2.32)   2.8   (0.72)
City 37.3 (5.31)   45.2   (6.20)   17.6   (3.74)   15.5   (3.42)   2.1 ! (1.06)
Suburban 34.8 (5.32)   33.3   (4.97)   31.8   (6.01)   29.2   (5.86)   2.7 ! (1.40)
Town 26.3 (7.05)   43.4   (8.68)   30.3   (7.78)   28.6   (7.45)   1.7 ! (1.41)
Rural 25.7 (5.78)   36.3   (6.54)   37.9   (7.00)   33.0   (6.50)   5.0 ! (2.24)
                                     
Foreign languages                                    
Total 32.5 (2.61)   34.2   (2.09)   33.3   (2.42)   28.8   (2.30)   4.6   (0.91)
City 37.2 (5.14)   34.8   (4.40)   28.0   (4.42)   23.3   (4.46)   4.7 ! (2.12)
Suburban 36.0 (3.75)   39.0   (3.29)   25.0   (4.01)   23.7   (4.03)   1.3 ! (0.69)
Town 24.5 (5.63)   46.2   (6.26)   29.3   (4.80)   25.0   (4.62)   4.3 ! (2.15)
Rural 28.2 (4.77)   25.0   (3.40)   46.8   (4.63)   39.1   (4.23)   7.8   (1.89)
                                     
Music or art                                    
Total 49.1 (1.86)   35.7   (1.97)   15.3   (1.35)   12.5   (1.34)   2.7   (0.60)
City 50.3 (4.56)   35.9   (4.65)   13.8   (2.77)   10.1   (2.34)   3.8 ! (1.78)
Suburban 56.9 (4.11)   31.1   (4.08)   12.0   (2.68)   9.8   (2.66)   2.2 ! (0.98)
Town 43.6 (5.13)   42.6   (4.89)   13.8   (2.88)   12.4   (2.86)   1.4 ! (0.96)
Rural 42.8 (3.25)   37.2   (3.37)   20.1   (2.21)   17.1   (1.98)   3.0   (0.86)
                                     
Vocational or technical education                                    
Total 33.7 (2.59)   36.8   (2.67)   29.5   (2.38)   24.0   (2.32)   5.5   (1.41)
City 32.1 (5.10)   40.8   (5.24)   27.1   (5.05)   16.1   (3.50)   11.0 ! (4.66)
Suburban 35.8 (6.14)   36.7   (5.36)   27.5   (6.27)   24.1   (6.52)   3.3 ! (2.23)
Town 26.3 (4.67)   39.7   (6.01)   34.1   (5.91)   32.0   (5.85)   2.1 ! (1.01)
Rural 36.6 (3.67)   33.3   (3.82)   30.1   (3.84)   24.8   (3.33)   5.4 ! (2.09)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution (estimates are unstable).
‡Reporting standards not met.
NOTE: For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/page2.asp. Percentage distribution may not sum to 100 because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Public School Questionnaire" 2007–08.
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