Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D.

Director, Doctor of Educational Leadership Program
Full-Time Faculty
School of Law
College of Arts and Sciences: Prelaw
School of Education and Health Sciences: Doctorate of Educational Leadership, Educational Leadership

Degrees

  • Ed.D., Educational Administration and Supervision, St. John's University
  • J.D., St. John's University
  • M.Div., Seminary of the Immaculate Conception
  • B.A., Classical Civilization, St. John's University

Professional Activities

  • American Educational Research Association: Divisions A (Administration), B (Curriculum Studies), & L (Educational Policy & Politics)
  • Special Interest Groups on Law & Education, Religion & Education, Associates for Research on Private Education, and Politics of Education Association
  • Association of School Business Officials International
  • Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association
  • Brazilian Education Law Association (founding member)
  • Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law and Education
  • Education and Ethos Network
  • Education Law Association (formerly NOLPE)
  • European Education Law and Policy Association
  • South African Education Law Association

Research Interests

  • Educational law
  • International education

Journal Articles

  • Russo, C.J. (in press). “Race-Based Preferences and the Supreme Court: A Seemingly Unending Saga.” School Business Affairs.
  • Russo, C.J. (in press). “Negligence, Student Supervision, and School Business Officials.” School Business Affairs.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “Workers’ Compensation Laws and the School Business Official.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 6, 35-37.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “IDEA and Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Primer.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 5, 35-37.
  • Russo, C.J. & Osborne, A.G. (in press). “Students Records and Privacy.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 4, 35-38.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2014). “Understand Duty to Provide Assistive Technology.” IEP Team Trainer, Vol. 15, No. 6, 4.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “A Primer on Charter Schools and the Law.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 3, 35-37.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “Education Law and Equity.” UCEA Review, Vol. 55, No. 1, 32-33, 34-35.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “Home Schooling and Sports Participation: An Emerging Issue.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 2, 37-39.
  • Russo, C.J. (2014). “Has Time Expired for Time-Out Rooms?” School Business Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 1, 35-37.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Update: The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 10, 31-34.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Fifth Amendment Rights: Questioning Students.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 9, 35-38.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Prevent Negligence Claims with Six Basic ‘Rules to Live By.’” Maintaining Safe School, Vol. 19, No. 9, 5.
  • Reprinted, School Law Briefs, Vol. 17, No. 6, 3.
  • 325 Russo, C.J. (2013). “Sniff Dogs in Schools: Do the Noses Know?” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 8, 37-40.
  • Talbert-Johnson. C. & Russo, C.J. (2013). “Attending School Matters: Developing Policies to Eliminate Chronic Absenteeism.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 7, 37-39.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Has Time Expired for Zero Tolerance Policies?” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 6, 33-36.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Use Guidelines to Review Building-Specific Bullying Policies.” Maintaining Safe Schools, Vol. 19, No. 6, 4.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Dues Process and Employee Performance: Recommendations for Practice.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 5, 33-35.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2013). “Assistive Technology and Students with Disabilities.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 4, 34-36.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Access to Facilities by Non-School Religious Groups: An Enduring Issue.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 3, 32-34.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Letters of Recommendation: Honesty Remains the Best Policy.” School Business Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 2, 31-34.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Have Pattern for Designing Student dress Code, Uniform Policy.” The School Discipline Advisor, Vol. 14, No. 12, 3.
  • Russo, C.J. (January 2013). Bullying, the Law, and Safe Schools. School Business Affairs, 32-34.
  • Russo, C.J., & Raisch, C.D. (November 2012). "Teacher Unions, the Right to Work, and Fair Share Agreements." School Business Affairs, 35-37. 
  • Russo, C.J. (September 2012). "The Status of Teachers Unions: Are Rumors of Their Demise Exaggerated?" School Business Affairs, 33-38. 
  • Russo, C.J., & Osborne, A.G. (March 2012). "Can the Law Keep Pace with Technology? Regulating Student Use of the Internet and Cyberspace." School Business Affairs, 35-38.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Russo, C.J. (in press). “Another Nail in the Coffin of Affirmative Action or Just a Bump in the Road? Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.” Education Law Journal.
  • Russo, C.J. (in press). “Religious Freedom in Education: A Fundamental Human Right.” Religion & Education.
  • Russo, C.J. & Osborne, A.G. (in press). “Sports Participation and Home Schooling: A Game Changer?.’” Education Law Reporter.
  • Ford, D.Y. & Russo, C.J. (in press). “No Child Left Behind . . . Unless a Student is Gifted and of Color: Reflections on the Need to Meet the Educational Needs of the Gifted.” Journal of Law in Society.
  • Russo, C.J. (in press). “Religious Freedom in a Brave New World: How Leaders in Faith-Based Schools Can Follow their Beliefs in Hiring.” University of Toledo Law Review.
  • Waggoner, M.D. & Russo, C.J. (2014). “Making Room at the Inn: Implications of Christian Legal Society v. Martinez for Public University Housing Professionals.” The Journal of College and University Student Housing, 41(1): 140-152.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Religious Freedom in the United States: ‘When you Come to the Fork in the Road Take It.’” University of Dayton Law Review, 38(3): 363-400.
  • Wolhuter, C.W. & Russo, C.J. (2013). “Dealing with Incidents of Serious Learner Disciplinary Problems: A Comparative Study Between South Africa and Selected Countries.” KOERS: Bulletin Vir Christelike Wetenskap, 78(3).
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Fisher v. University of Texas: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning of Race Conscious Admissions Plans in Higher Education in the United States?” Education Law Journal, 14(4):284-296.
  • Russo, C.J. & Dolph, D. (2013). “School Nurses: On the Front Line of Keeping Students Healthy.” Education Law Reporter, 293(1):9-14.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Collective Bargaining in Public Education: ‘It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times’ for Teacher Unions.” Education Law Reporter, 291(2):545-561.
  • Hapney, T.L. & Russo, C.J. (2013). “Student Newspapers at Public Colleges and Universities: Lessons from the United States.” Education Law Journal, 14(2):114-124.
  • Russo, C.J. (2013). “Safety for Pre-School and Younger Students: “An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.” Education Law Reporter, 289(1):7-12.
  • Russo, C.J. (2012). "Child Abuse in Religious Institutions: Dealing with the Unspeakable." Education Law Journal, 100-109. View journal >>
  • Russo, C.J., & Thro, W.E. (2012). "Reflections on the Law and Curricular Values in American Schools." Peabody Journal of Education, 87:402-412. View abstract >>
  • Russo, C.J., & McGreal, P.E. (2012). "Religious Freedom in American Catholic Higher Education." Religion & Education,39:116-132. Read >>
  • Russo, C.J. (2012). A Cautionary Tale of Collective Bargaining in Public Education: A Teacher’s Right or Tail Wagging the Dog? University of Dayton Law Review, 37(3):317-349.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2012). Can Students Be Disciplined for Off-campus Cyberspeech: The Reach of the First Amendment in the Age of Technology. Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, 2012:331-367.
  • Russo, C.J. (2012). Regulating the Boundaries between the Public and Private Lives of Teachers in Changing Cultural Contexts: An American Perspective.International Journal of Law and Education, 16(2):43-53.
  • Mawdlsey, R.D., Russo, C.J., & Mawdlsey, J.L. (2012). A ‘Law’ too Far? The Wisconsin Budget Repair Act: Counterpoint. Education Law Reporter, 275(1):16-22.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2011). Educational Decision Making in K-12 Schools When Divorced Parents Disagree: What Is In the Best Interests of the Child? Education Law Reporter, 273(1):1-20.
  • Russo, C.J., Osborne, A.G., Massucci, J.D., & Cattaro, G.M. (2011). The Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities in Christian Schools. The Journal of Research in Christian Education., 20:254-280.
  • Russo, C.J., Osborne, A.G., Arndt, K.J.  (2011). Cyberbullying and Sexting: Recommendations for School Policy. Education Law Reporter, 269(2):427-434.
  • Russo, C.J. (2011). Cell Phones in Schools: Necessary Tools or Needless Distractions. Education Law Journal, 12(2):170-176.
  • Russo, C.J. (2011). Respect for Me But Not for Thee: Reflections on the Impact of Same-Sex Marriage on Education. Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, 2011(2):471-494.
  • Russo, C.J. (2011). HIV/AIDS and K-12 Education: Neither Out of Sight Nor Out of Mind. Education Law Reporter, 267(1):1-20.
  • Russo, C.J. & Thro, W.E. (2011). Another Nail in the Coffin of Religious Freedom? Christian Legal Society v. MartinezEducation Law Journal, 12(1):20-30.
  • Russo, C.J.  (2010). Reflections on Education as a Fundamental Human Right. Education and Law Journal, 18(1):87-105.
  • Thro, W.E. & Russo, C.J. (2010). A Serious Setback for Freedom: The Implications of Christian Legal Society v. MartinezEducation Law Reporter, 261(2):473-496.
  • Smit, M., Russo, C.J., & Englebrecht, P. (2010). Educator Rights in Special Education - A Comparative Study Between the United States and South Africa. The Comparative International Law Journal of South Africa, 63:118-138.
  • Russo, C.J., Osborne, A.G., & Raisch, C.D. (2010). Twelve Safety Tips for Avoiding Liability. Education Law Reporter, 257(2):544-549.
  • Russo, C.J. (2010). Tone Deaf? The Courts Turn a Deaf Ear to Religious Music in Schools. Education Law Reporter, 257(1):1-22.
  • Russo, C.J. (2010). The Impact of Pedophile Priests on American Catholic Education: Reflections of a Cradle Catholic. Religion & Education, 37(2):97-113.
  • Russo, C.J., Squelch, J., & Varnham, S. (2010). Teachers and Social Networking Sites: Think Before You Post. Journal of Law & Social Justice, 5:1-15.
  • Thro, W.E., & Russo, C.J. (2010). Preserving Orthodoxy on Secular Campuses: The Right of Student Religious Organizations to Exclude Non-Believers. Education Law Reporter, 250(2):497-516.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2009). Forest Grove School District v. T.A: The Reimbursement Rights of Parents Who Unilaterally Place their Children with Disabilities in Private Schools Without Having had them Receive Special Education From Public Agencies. Education Law Reporter, 250(1):1-17.
  • Russo, C.J. (2009). The Law and Hiring Practices in Faith-Based Schools. Journal of Research in Christian Education, 18(3):256-271.
  • Russo, C.J. (2009). Canon Law, American Law, and Governance of Catholic Schools: A Healthy Partnership. Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 13(2):185-204.
  • Thro, W.E. & Russo, C.J. (2009). Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1: An Overview with Reflections for Urban Schools. Education and Urban Society, 41(5):529-543.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2009). Update on the Discipline Provisions of the 1997 and 2004 IDEA Amendments. Education Law Reporter, 244(3):915-922. Reprinted, ELA Notes , 45(2):8-11, (2010).
  • Russo, C.J. & Cattaro, G.M. (2009). Faith-Based Charter Schools: An Idea Whose Time Is Unlikely to Come. Religion & Education, 36(1):72-93. Reprinted, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, 13(4):509-531, (2010).
  • Russo, C.J. & Thro, W.E. (2009). Higher Education Implications of Parents Involved for Community Schools. Journal of College and University Law, 35(2):239-270.
  • Russo, C.J. & Mawdsley, R.D. (2009). Student Vaccinations: A Brief Pain That’s Worth the Gain? Education Law Reporter, 241(2):519-538.
  • Russo, C.J. (2009). Judges as Umpires or Rule Makers? The Role of the Judiciary in Educational Decision Making in the United States. Education Law Journal, 10(1): 33-47.
  • Russo, C.J. (2008). Judicial “hostility to all things religious in public life” or Healthy Separation of Religion and Public Education? Religion & Education, 35(2):78-94.
  • Russo, C.J. (2008). "The Child is Not the Mere Creature of The State:" Controversy over Teaching About Same-Sex Marriage in Public Schools.” Education Law Reporter, 232(1):1-17
  • Russo, C.J. (2007). The Rights of Non-Attorney Parents Under the IDEA: Winkelman v. Parma City School District. Education Law Reporter, 221(1):1-19.
  • Russo, C.J. (2007). Same-Sex Marriage and Public School Curricula: Preserving Parental Rights to Direct the Education of their Children. University of Dayton Law Review, 32(3):361-384.
  • Russo, C.J. (2006). Of Baby Jesus and the Easter Bunny: Does Christianity Still? Have a Place in the Educational Marketplace of Ideas in the United States? Education and Law Journal, 16(1):61-81.
  • Russo, C.J. (2006). Religious Neutrality in Public Schools and Elsewhere: An Assessment of the Supreme Court’s Approach to Posting the Ten Commandments in Public Places in the U.S. Education Law Journal, 7(1):21-34.
  • Russo, C.J. (2004). Brown v. Board of Education at 50: One Step Forward, Half a Step Backward? The Journal of Negro Education, 73(3):174-181.
  • Russo, C.J. (2004). The Supreme Court and Pledge of Allegiance: Does God Still Have a Place in American Schools? Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, 2001(2):301-330.
  • Russo, C.J. (2003). Religion and Public Schools: A Forty Year Retrospective. Religion and Education, 31(2):1-22.
  • Russo, C.J. (2002). Evolution v. Creation Science in the US: Can the Courts Divine a Solution? Education Law Journal, 3(3):152-158.
  • Russo, C.J. (2002). An American Perspective on Equal Educational Opportunities. Education and the Law, 14(1-2):25-32.
  • Russo, C.J. (2000). Religion and Education in Bosnia: Integration Not Segregation. Brigham Young University Law Review, 200(3):945-966. Reprinted European Journal for Education Law and Policy, 4(2):121-129 (2000).
  • Russo, C.J. (1999). Between A Rock and A Hard Place: The Emerging Question of Prayer at School Board Meetings. Education Law Reporter, 137(2):423-439.
  • Russo, C.J. (1999). Prayer at Public School Graduation Ceremonies: Exercise in Futility? or a Teachable Moment? Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal, Winter 1999:1-23.
  • Russo, C.J. (1998). At the Table in Sarajevo: Reflections on Ethnic Segregation in Bosnia. The Catholic Lawyer, 38(3):211-228.

Books

  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (in press). International Perspectives on Education, Law, and Religion. New York: Routledge.
  • Osborne, A.G. & Russo, C.J. 2014). Special Education and The Law: A Guide for Practitioners, 3d Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2014). International Perspectives on Education, Law, and Religion New York: Routledge.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2014). The Yearbook of Education Law 2013. Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2013). Handbook of Comparative Higher Education Law. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2013). Key Legal Issues in Schools: The Ultimate Resource for School Business Officials. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. View book >>
  • Russo, C.J. (2012). Reutter's The Law of Public Education, 8th Ed. New York, NY: Foundation Press. View book >>
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2012). Debating Issues in American Education: Religion in Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. View book >>
  • Russo, C.J.  (Ed.) (2012). Debating Issues in American Education: School Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. View book >>
  • Osborne,A.G., Russo, C.J., (Eds.) (2012). Debating Issues in American Education: Alternative Schooling and School Choice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. View book >>
  • Eckes,S.E. & Russo, C.J.  (Eds.) (2012). Debating Issues in American Education: School Discipline and Safety. Thousand Oaks, CA: CorwinPress. View book >>
  • Russo, C.J. (2012). Reutter's The Law of Public Education, 8th Ed. New York, NY: Foundation Press. View book >>
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2012). The Yearbook of Education Law 2012. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2011). The Yearbook of Education Law 2011. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2011). The Legal Rights of Students with Disabilities: International Perspectives. Lanham, MD: Rowman& Littlefield Education.
  • Osborne,A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2011). The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: CorwinPress.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2010). The Yearbook of Education Law 2010. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2010). The Encyclopedia of Law and Higher Education Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2009). The Yearbook of Education Law 2009. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association (ELA).
  • Russo, C.J., Osborne, A.G., Massucci, J.D., &Cattaro, G.M. (2009). Non-Public Schools and the Law of Special Education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • Osborne,A.G. & Russo, C.J. (2009). Discipline of Students with Disabilities: Legal Issues. Thousand Oaks, CA: CorwinPress.
  • Russo, C.J. (2009). Reutter's The Law of Public Education, 7th Ed. New York, NY: Foundation Press. 6th Ed. published in 2006. 5th Ed. published in 2004.
  • Russo, C.J. & DeGroof, J. (Eds.) (2009). The Employment Rights of Teachers: Exploring Education Law Worldwide. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education.
  • Russo, C.J. & Osborne, A.G. (2009). Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Implications for Educational Leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2008). The Yearbook of Education Law 2008. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association (ELA). Editor since 1995.
  • Russo, C.J. (Ed.) (2008). The Encyclopedia of Education Law (2 volumes). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Russo, C.J. & Osborne, A.G. (2008). Essential Concepts and School-Based Cases in Special Education Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

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