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Bibliographic Details

Title: Encyclopedia of Education Law

  • Author: Charles J. Russo, editor.
  • Publisher: SAGE
  • Copyright: 2008
  • Description: 2 volumes
  • Pages: 1012
  • ISBN: 1412963915 (ebook); 9781412963916 (ebook)
  • Abstract: The ‘Encyclopedia of Education Law’ is a compendium of information drawn from the various dimensions of education law.
  • Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Educational law and legislation — United States — Encyclopedias. Educational law and legislation — United States — Cases. Educational law and legislation — United States — History. Education — United States — Encyclopedias.
  • Subjects: Education United States Encyclopedias. Educational law and legislation United States Cases. Educational law and legislation United States Encyclopedias. Educational law and legislation United States History.
  • LC Classification: KF4117 .E53 2008

Encyclopedia of Education Law Reviews

Choice Review

Edited by Russo, a leading expert in the field, this two-volume set’s featured topics include biographies of those who have had a profound effect on education law. Other topics discussed include:

  • collective bargaining;
  • important theories and principles;
  • constitutional rights;
  • curricular/instructional issues;
  • educational equity; and
  • governance, along with cases that have served as the basis for educational law.

These cases address areas including, but not limited to, affirmative action, desegregation, and religious activities in public schools. Also featured are excerpts from the US Supreme Court’s landmark cases. This set makes a wonderful companion to Russo’s edited volume, Key Legal Issues for Schools: The Ultimate Resource for School Business Officials (2006), and Special Education and the Law: A Guide for Practitioners (2006), ed. by A. G. Osborne Jr. and Russo.

The encyclopedia’s well-designed format makes for easy reading. Readers will find the information fascinating, useful, and authoritative. Summing Up: Essential. Lower and upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, and anyone associated with the education field, including faculty and administration.

N. J. Goodman University of Texas-Pan American (2009-01-01)

Library Journal Review

Edited by Russo, the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Allied Professions and an adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Dayton, and written by over 100 academic contributors, this encylopedia helps parents, teachers, students, and other lay readers understand the education laws that might apply to their own situations. It provides entries on persons (such as the participants in Brown v. Board of Education), biographies of important people, 180 cases, and excerpts of the actual cases in a way that is approachable to novices while providing sufficient information for advanced readers.

Each volume begins with a comprehensive A-to-Z list of entries and a readers’ guide to the entries in both volumes by topic. The topics covered include:

  • collective bargaining;
  • concepts, theories, and legal principles;
  • constitutional rights and issues;
  • curricular and instructional issues;
  • educational equity;
  • governance issues;
  • litigation; organizations;
  • parental rights;
  • religion in public schools;
  • special education and the rights of the disabled;
  • statutes and treaties;
  • student rights and welfare;
  • teacher rights; and
  • technology.

Further readings, cross-references, and legal citations are provided. The explanations of landmark cases bring these technical issues to novices and also put the case in a historical and a contemporary context so readers can grasp better these turning points in education in the United States.

Bottom Line: A welcome addition to any public or academic library, this set would also be of use in a law library where educational law might need to be explored and reviewed at a more basic level than other legal texts.

–Sara Rofofsky Marcus, Queensborough Community Coll., Bayside, NY Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.on (2008-10-15)


The Encyclopedia of Education Law is a compendium of information drawn from the various dimensions of education law that tells its story from a variety of perspectives. The entries cover a number of essential topics, including the following: Key cases in education law, including both case summaries and topical overviews Constitutional issues Key concepts, theories, and legal principles Key statutes Treaties (e.g., the Universal Declaration on Human Rights) Curricular issues Educational equity Governance Rights of students and teachers Technology Biographies Organizations In addition to these broad categories, anchor essays by leading experts in education law provide more detailed examination of selected topics. The Encyclopedia also includes selections from key legal documents such as the Constitution and federal statutes that serve as the primary sources for research on education law. At the same time, since education law is a component in a much larger legal system, the Encyclopedia includes entries on the historical development of the law that impact on its subject matter. Such a broadened perspective places education law in its proper context in the U.S. legal system.

Table of Contents

Volume I – II
Editorial Board
Advisory Board
List of Entries and Appendix Cases
Reader’s Guide
About the Editor
Volume I: A-L

See Also

Education Law
Encyclopedia of Law and Economics
Encarta Encyclopedia

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