Educational reform has been a topic of scholarly conversation for a long time, but little significant movement toward action has been made. Charter schools were discussed in varied forms throughout the 1980s, but it was not until 1991 that the State of Minnesota put charter school law into practice. Thomas Lubben entered the charter school world in 1996 when the State of Pennsylvania was in the process of discussing its law that was passed the same year. The Charter School Wars closely follows the personal life of a lifelong educator as he negotiated the political and personal steps involved in creating a school from nothing. The first several chapters focus on the obstacles and pitfalls that the author faced during the seven-year struggle to create a charter high school based on the creative and performing arts. Later chapters focus on the expansion of this proven artistic model into additional schools. Lubben compliments the personal narrative with a chapter, "A Charter School Primer," that focuses on the critical elements needed to open a charter school. Charter school parents, teachers, administrators, and enthusiasts will find this book an interesting and poignant read as they navigate their way through the charter school landscape.
Thomas Lubben has over twenty years of extensive experience in the charter school movement and over fifty years of educational experience. He earned a Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 1996. He is actively in the process of creating new arts focused charter schools.
Preface - Renegade Training - Struck by Lightning - LVPA-School #1: The Search for Approval (1997-2002) - The Interlude (1996-2002) - The Reawakening - The Home Stretch-Six Months to Opening - The Phoenix Rises-(Storming to Norming, 2003-2006) - The LVPA Years - Life after LVPA - The Emergence of TLC-Art Schools - The Allentown Adventure - Toward Expansion - The "Caleb" Years - Lessons Learned: A Charter School Primer - Index.