Bridging the Digital Divide: COVID-19 Keeps Learning Virtual as the New Year Begins

In the interest of student and faculty safety during the unrelenting COVID-19 pandemic, Atlanta Public School (APS) students will be learning virtually for, potentially, the first nine weeks of the new school year. To bridge the digital divide, new Superintendent Lisa Herring estimates needing 6,000 to 10,000 devices for students by day one on Aug….

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Parent Groups Come Together To Help To APS Families Affected By Pandemic

Two parent-driven organizations are stepping up to help Atlanta Public Schools families who may be struggling with housing, food insecurity or other needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Atlanta Thrive and the Latino Association for Parents in Public Schools recently announced plans to distribute $100,000 to those affected by the pandemic. The funding comes from the…

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As Coronavirus Cases Increase, Some Metro Atlanta School Districts Plan To Start The Year Remotely

Atlanta Public Schools, the DeKalb County School District, and the Clayton County Public Schools recently announced plans for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. All three school systems plan to begin the year virtually, based on current public health data on the spread of the coronavirus in metro Atlanta. The districts said they followed…

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Whenever Georgia Reopens, Let’s Not Go Back to Normal

ATLANTA  – There’s a debate raging in states across the country about how quickly we can return to normal.  My take: let’s not. Not in May, not in June, not ever. Let’s not go back to normal. Here in Georgia, normal is what led to COVID-19 disproportionately impacting Black residents, who make up 32 percent…

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THOUSANDS OF METRO ATLANTA STUDENTS MAY NOW BE OFF-TRACK FOR GRADE-LEVEL PROFICIENCY AS A RESULT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

redefinED atlanta and Learn4Life Release Report that Estimates the Impact of COVID-19 School Closures on Metro Atlanta Student Achievement and Outlines Solutions to Address Decline  ATLANTA – (June 16, 2020) – redefinED atlanta and Learn4Life (L4L) today announced the release of a new study, “Quantifying the Impact of School Closures on Metro Atlanta Student Proficiency.” The report estimates today about 21,000 fewer students in ELA and 29,000 fewer…

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redefinED atlanta PROVIDED A $100,000 GRANT FOR ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS FAMILIES FACING FINANCIAL STRAINS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

– Hundreds of Atlanta Families Benefited Through the “For Us By Us Atlanta Fund” –  ATLANTA – (June 26, 2020) – redefinED atlanta, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every student in Atlanta has the opportunity to attend a high-quality public school, announced that it recently awarded a $100,000 grant to two parent groups, The…

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