With the number of students who’ve received at least one F in the recent grading period spiking significantly, Broward County Public Schools is expanding its summer school by at least tenfold to help boost the staggering number of children who’ve fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the numbers of students not making adequate academic progress touched all demographics, Black and Hispanic students, as well as students whose first language is not English, face the steepest hurdles, according to data released during a Tuesday School Board workshop to discuss the district’s ambitious summer learning program. School officials want to use the summer sessions to see where the problems are before the fall, when all students are required to return for in-person learning. Schools across the country have been contending with learning losses brought on by the pandemic and remote learning.
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