Need to Know: Philadelphia’s ‘Project U-Turn’ Aims to ‘Recapture’ Dropouts

On Friday’s “Need to Know,” our public media colleagues tell the story of Justin Rudd, a high school dropout who lived on the streets of Philadelphia — a city where roughly 40 percent of ninth-graders don’t mange to graduate in four years.

Rick Karr reports on Philadelphia’s ambitious plan — known as Project U-Turn — to reach out to and re-engage high school dropouts. Since the project launched in 2006, it’s become a model for cities nationwide, according to the report.

The story is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America find solutions to address the dropout crisis.

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