‘Turnaround’ radio documentary

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Students arrive at Blaine Elementary School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Students arrive at Blaine Elementary School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

In this three-part series, NewsWorks/WHYY education reporter Kevin McCorry documents a year he spent tracking the progress of the chronically low-performing James G. Blaine Elementary School in the Strawberry Mansion section of North Philadelphia. With dozens of interviews and many hours of observation at the school, he grapples with a pivotal question: Can the school district find a path to revitalize its neediest schools in the midst of an ongoing budget crisis?

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