Debating Issues in American Education: A SAGE Reference Set

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This issues-based reference set on education in the United States tackles broad, contentious topics that have prompted debate and discussion within the education community. The volumes focus on pre-school through secondary education and explore prominent and perennially important debates.
This set is an essential reference resource for undergraduate students within schools of education and related fields including educational administration, ...

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Overview

This issues-based reference set on education in the United States tackles broad, contentious topics that have prompted debate and discussion within the education community. The volumes focus on pre-school through secondary education and explore prominent and perennially important debates.
This set is an essential reference resource for undergraduate students within schools of education and related fields including educational administration, educational psychology, school psychology, human development, and more.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist - Lesley Farmer
"The writing is both professional and accessible. The contributors provide balanced and well-researched coverage. Debating Issues in American Education has great potential for professional and higher-education libraries. The set is uniquely and very well structured and provides valuable research-based reviews of important educational issues. "
Booklist
The series editors have extensive expertise in education administration and law, both in pre K–12 and higher-education settings. Contributors are either teachers or administrators in U.S. educational settings. The writing is both professional and accessible. The contributors provide balanced and well-researched coverage.

Debating Issues in American Education has great potential for professional and higher-education libraries. The set is uniquely and very well structured and provides valuable research-based reviews of important educational issues.

Ohio Gadfly Daily - Jeff Murray
We at the Fordham Institute are proud to have three contributors to the volume on Standards & Accountability in Schools, but for this reviewer personally it is the breadth of topics, the depth of knowledge, and the care in presentation of the material that really makes this reference set stand out. These are the topics that are uppermost in the minds of education stakeholders across the spectrum today, which require the deep knowledge and historical context in order to be properly addressed going forward.
School Business Affairs - Robert J. Safransky
With reduced revenue across all school systems, school district leaders need the information presented in these volumes to support their districts' positions on these important issues.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Each of about 150 issues in primary and secondary education, in areas that range from school financing and governance to alternative schooling and the uses of new technology, is addressed here in a piece that opens with a "Yes/No" question (with some exceptions), and is followed by an overview and a pair of point-counterpoint arguments. The general slant of the material is academic, and the arguments are tightly laced with research results and case studies. The entries and the general introductions that open each thematic volume end with recommended resources and, where relevant, lists of court cases and statutes. Despite the high level of discourse, much of what is explored here is practical and, at least theoretically, should be of interest to present and future educators, parents, and politicians. Questions tackled include, "Should corporal punishment in public schools be abolished?" "Should English-only curriculums be eliminated or expanded?" and, "Should all forms of ability grouping be eliminated in schools?" Other debates take on school vouchers, teacher certification, religious expression in public schools, appropriate sources of funding, homeschooling, safety, and more. Though usable (and available) individually, each volume is capped by an analytical index to the entire set that highlights overlapping and interlocking subjects-notably the Common Core State Standards Initiative, aspects of which are examined in all five volumes. Relentlessly utilitarian design notwithstanding, these titles merit serious consideration for their systematic approach and unusually broad scope.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City
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Meet the Author

Charles J. Russo, JD, Ed D, is the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Allied Professions and adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Dayton. He was the 1998–1999 president of the Education Law Association and 2002 recipient of its Mc Ghehey (Achievement) Award. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals; has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 40 books; and has in excess of 800 publications. Russo also speaks extensively on issues in education law in the United States and abroad.

Along with having spoken in 33 states and 25 nations on 6 continents, Russo has taught summer courses in England, Spain, and Thailand; he also has served as a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and the University of Newcastle, Australia; the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; South East European University, Macedonia; the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa; the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He regularly serves as a visiting professor at the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration in July 1996, Russo taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from August 1992 to July 1996 and at Fordham University in his native New York City from September 1989 to July 1992. He taught high school for 8½ years before and after graduation from law school. He received a BA (classical civilization) in 1972, a JD in 1983, and an Ed D (educational administration and supervision) in 1989 from St. John’s University in New York City. He also received a master of divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, in 1978, as well as a Ph D Honoris Causa from the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University, South Africa, in May 2004 for his contributions to the field of education law.

Allan G. Osborne, Jr. is the retired principal of the Snug Harbor Community School in Quincy, Massachusetts, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. During his 34 years in public education, he served as a special education teacher, a director of special education, an assistant principal, and a principal. He has also served as an adjunct professor of special education and education law at several colleges, including Bridgewater State University and American International University.

Osborne earned an Ed D in educational leadership from Boston College and an MEd in special education from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) in Massachusetts. He received a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Osborne has authored or coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and textbooks on legal issues in education, along with textbooks on other aspects of education. Although he writes and presents in several areas of educational law, he specializes in legal and policy issues in special education. He is the coauthor, with Charles J. Russo, of five texts published by Corwin, a SAGE company.

A past president of the Education Law Association (ELA), Osborne has been an attendee and presenter at most ELA conferences since 1991. He has also written a chapter now titled "Students With Disabilities" for the Yearbook of Education Law, published by ELA, since 1990. He is on the editorial advisory committee of West’s Education Law Reporter and is coeditor of the "Education Law Into Practice" section of that journal, which is sponsored by ELA. He is also on the editorial boards of several other education journals.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of education law, Osborne was presented with the Mc Ghehey Award by ELA in 2008, the highest award given by the organization. He is also the recipient of the City of Quincy Human Rights Award, the Financial Executives Institute of Massachusetts Principals Award, the Junior Achievement of Massachusetts Principals Award, and several community service awards.

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