COVID-19 learning gap, LGBTQ threats discussed in Brevard school board
COVID-19 learning gap, LGBTQ threats discussed in Brevard school board

COVID-19 learning gap, LGBTQ threats discussed in Brevard school board

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At a Tuesday night Brevard County School Board meeting, the district provided an update on student progress, and the debate continued about the climate for LGBTQ students in local schools.

BPS inspector Mark Mullins said the district has made progress toward closing its COVID-19 learning gap, but students are still lagging behind in some areas.

Many schools have seen students fall behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, and teachers warned of existing differences in students with disabilities, students with low-income families and black and Hispanic students have worsened.

In the fall of 2021, 41% of black or African-American high school students studied two or more years after grade level, compared with 33% of Hispanic students, 23% of multi-ethnic students, and 18% of white students. During the winter, this percentage for black and African American students dropped to 38%, and 31% of Latin American students, 21% of multiethnic students, and 16% of white students were two or more years behind grade levels.

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