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This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

Major funding of this section of the Notebook on ‘Keeping Students Engaged’ was provided by Project U-Turn, a citywide campaign to understand, focus public attention on and, most importantly, resolve Philadelphia’s dropout crisis.

Established in 2006, Project U-Turn is led by a citywide collaborative whose members include representatives of the School District, City agencies, foundations, youth-serving organizations, parents and young people themselves. Key accomplishments of the collaborative to date include groundbreaking data analyses and work with the District and others to create programs and pathways that reconnect out-of-school and struggling youth.

For more information about Project U-Turn, go to

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