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ERIC Number: ED538878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Project U-Turn: Paving Pathways to Educational Success
Philadelphia Youth Network
Each year, more than 8,200 young Philadelphians drop out of school. The first step to a solution, taken in 2005, was the gathering and examination of data to truly understand the dimensions of the problem and the characteristics of struggling students and out-of-school Philadelphia youth. These studies, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Johns Hopkins University, were summarized in a groundbreaking report, "Unfulfilled Promise: The Dimensions and Characteristics of Philadelphia's Dropout Crisis" and the companion report of policy recommendations, "Turning it Around." Based on these analyses, in October 2006 the Collaborative launched Project U-Turn, a citywide campaign to elevate the visibility of Philadelphia's dropout crisis, and take steps to resolve it. During its three and a half years of existence, the Collaborative has steadily increased the number of committed partners, and has been successful in influencing policy and funding. In 2006, the School District adopted several Collaborative recommendations, including: (1) creating new accelerated high schools; (2) placing dropout prevention specialists in seven high dropout high schools; and (3) building a consensus to align the policy for parenting students with state timelines for child care availability. Additionally, new educational opportunities are being offered for struggling students and out-of-school youth. (Contains 1 figure and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia Youth Network
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania