The CTU bases its advocacy on sound research provided by peer-reviewed authors and publications. Education theory and reform are constantly evolving, yet some ideas are so well conceived and tested that they persevere over decades or more (the ideas of Montessori or Dewey, for example).
The policies advocated by corporate education reformers, on the other hand, are often promoted for reasons more financial than educational and before they have been sufficiently tested and evaluated. The result: widespread implementation of unsuccessful, expensive and detrimental education initiatives. Most of the closed or turned-around CPS schools suffered from years of experimentation with these “quick fix” education initiatives.
Please take time to review the topics on this page and read the articles, papers and books that interest you. These will help you understand the issues urban educators face and the solutions proposed by legitimate researchers. If you would like to suggest research links, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.