In March 2020, the global pandemic arrived in the United States. redfinED atlanta doubled down on our commitment to parents and communities. We also provided resources to the district and schools.
Overall, the FUBU Atlanta Fund awarded more than 200 grants to families in 15 zip codes across Atlanta. These families included 474 children who attend 61 different schools.
redefinED atlanta and Learn4Life (L4L) commissioned a new study in summer 2020, Quantifying the Impact of School Closures on Metro Atlanta Student Proficiency. The report estimated the potential student learning loss that eight metro Atlanta public school districts would likely encounter when they returned to school in the fall.
As of fall 2020, about 21,000 fewer students in ELA and 29,000 fewer in math were projected on track for grade-level proficiency than prior to COVID-19. This study also projected that only three out of ten economically disadvantaged students and students of color will achieve grade-level proficiency, which reverses recent gains. The report included several possible solutions for education policymakers, including:
The redefinED Innovation Fund: Pandemic Education & Restart grant opportunity opened October 2020 to support the Atlanta education community in addressing immediate needs created by the pandemic and to advance innovative ideas that reimagine education for the future. We awarded grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000 to 11 non-profits and 14 Atlanta schools (which include several community-led initiatives in partnership with schools), and one Cluster-based initiative for nine Atlanta Public Schools. The grant opportunity was open to Atlanta Public Schools and nonprofit organizations that serve students/families within the city of Atlanta.