Suzanne E Eckes
W.W. Wright Education Building Room Education 4234
Phone : (812) 856-8376
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Department:  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Affiliations:  Educational Leadership , Education Policy Studies
About Me | Degrees | Publications


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in educational law and policy. My research interests relate to various legal issues that arise in schools with a specific focus on discrimination in traditional public schools and schools of choice.


J.D.: May 2001, Ph.D.: May 2002

Ed.M. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy: May 1998

B.A. (3 majors) in Political Science, International Relations, French: May 1994

Student at French University for one year: 1992 - 1993

  • Eckes, S. DeMitchell, T., Fossey, R. (2015). Breaking social norms at prom. Principal Leadership, 10-14.
  • Decker, J., Eckes, S., Tanselle, L. (2015, Nov.). Bullying, harassment of students with disabilities, Principal Leadership, 18-20.
  • Eckes, S. (2015). Haven charter schools: Separate by design and legally questionable. Equity and Excellence in Education, 48(1), 49-70. Review of Educational Research, 1-42, 1-40.
  • Boyce, S., Barnes, E., Eckes, S.(2015). Disproportionaliy in student disciplinary practices: Legal and policy issues. Principal Leadership, 13-15.
  • McCarthy, M., Eckes, S. (2015). Sexual harassment in academe: An overiew of the legal standards. In R. Fossey S. Eckes(3d Ed.), Contemporary Issues in Higher Education Law (p. 201-222). Cleveland, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Eckes, S. Schimmel, D. (2015). Christmas in the public schools: What is and is not constitutional, Principal Leadership, 10-14.
  • Eckes, S. Russo, C. (2015). Measles, mumps, and Mickey Mouse: Recent outbreaks involving preventable diseases puts focus on vaccination policies. Principal Leadership, 14-15.
  • Eckes, S. McCall, S. (2015). Public single-sex educational programs. Principal Leadership, 10-13.
  • Fossey, R., Eckes, S. (2015). Contemporary issues in higher education (3d ed.) Dayton, OH: Education Law Association. 1-600.
  • Eckes, S. Decker, J. (2015). Student speech 2.0. Principal Leadership, 13-15.
  • Eckes, S., Butler, A., Wilson, N.(2015). Brown v. Board of Educations 60th anniversary: Still no cause for celebration. Wests Education Law Reporter, 311(1), 1-23.
  • Decker, J, Eckes, S. (2015).Recent litigation and guidance involving bullying of students with disabilities. In First et al. (1st Ed.). Legal Frontiers in Education: Complex Issues for Leaders, Policymakers, and Policy Implementers (pp. 19-34).Emerald Group Publishing: United Kingdom.
  • Eckes, S. Chesnut, C. (2015). Transgender students and access to facilities. Education Law Reporter, 321(1),1-14.
  • Eckes, S., Carr, K. (2014). Niche charter schools: Legal and policy considerations. (Fox Buchanan, Ed.) In Proud to be Different. Lanham, MA: Rowman Littlefield, pages 167-185.
  • Decker, J. Eckes, S. (2014). Social networking and school employees. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. Butler, A. (2014). Brown v. Board of Education Turns 60. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. (2014). Relevant legal information for public school teachers. Washington DC:National Science Foundation/Noyce Scholars Program, 1-8.
  • Eckes, S. (2014, Jan.). I heart boobies: Lewd, disruptive, or a social issue" Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. Minear, J. (2014). Friday night lights. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. Schimmel, D. (2014, April). Graduation speeches: Do students have a prayer under the First Amendment" Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. (2014). Accomodating student athletes with disabilities. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S., Fetter-Harrott, A. (2014). Religion and the public school curriculum. In C. Russo (1st ed.),International Perspectives on Education, Religion and Law (pp. 28-41). New York: Routledge.
  • Fossey, R., DeMitchell, T., Eckes, S. (2014). Its her fault: An Illinois school board fires a guidance counselor for self-publishing a sexually explicit advice book on adult relationships. Teachers College Record. Commentary.
  • Eckes, S. Bae, S. (2014). Legal issues and teacher evaluation. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. (2014). Instructors manual to teachers and the law. Boston, MA: Allyn Bacon, 1-262.
  • Nguyen, D., Ulm, J., Chesnut, C., Eckes, S. (2014). Strict Scrutiny Fisher: What it means for race-conscious admissions. Education Law Reporter, 299(2), 355-372.
  • Eckes, S. Minear, J. (2014). The limits of free speech: Confederate flag symbols in public schools. Principal Leadership.
  • Cole, S., Rogan, P., Murphy, H. Eckes, S. (2013). Indianas teacher evaluation (Education Policy Briefs, Vol. 11, No. 3). Bloomington, IN: Center for Evaluation and Education Policy.
  • Eckes, S., Nguyen, D., Ulm, J.(2013). Fisher v. University of Texas: The potential for social science research in race-conscious admissions, Wests Educaiton Law Reporter, 288(1), 1-16.
  • Eckes, S. (2013, Nov.). Searching a students sedan: What are the recent trends in litigation" Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. Chesnut, C.(2013, Dec.).Transgender students and the use of school restrooms. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S. (2014). Accomodating student athletes with disabilities. Principal Leadership.
  • Gibbs, J., Eckes, S. (2013). Tort law and public schools. In Principals Legal Handbook. (pp. 1-15). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Cambron-McCabe, N., McCarthy, M., Eckes, S. (2013). Legal rights of teachers and students. Pearson. Pages 1-333.
  • Gooden, M., Mead, J., Eckes, S., Torres, M., McNeal, L. (2013). Principals legal handbook (5th ed.). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Eckes, S. Watts, L.P. (2014). The use of restraint and seclusion. Principal Leadership.
  • Eckes, S., DeMitchell, T., Fossey, R. (2013). Commentary: A white sports coat and a pink carnation. Protecting the legal rights of LGBT students to attend the prom. Teachers College Record.
  • Eckes, S., Plucker, J. (2013). Segregation in charter schools: The important role of university-based authorizers. Journal of Education and Urban Society, 45(5), 589-608.
  • Eckes, S. Schimmel, D. (2014). Graduation speeches: Do students have a prayer under the First Amendment" Principal Leadership.
  • Fossey, R., Trujillo-Jencks, L, Eckes, S. (2013). All heck breaks loose at Little Sisters of the Bayou High School, Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 16(82), 1-14.
  • Eckes, S. McCall, S. (2014). The impact on social science research on legal issues surrounding single-sex classrooms and schools. Educational Administration Quarterly, 50(2),195-232.
  • McCarthy, M., Cambron-McCabe, N., Eckes, S. (2013). Public School Law. Pearson. Pages, 1-474.
  • Schimmel, D., Eckes, S., Chesnut, C. (2013). Commentary: Legal literacy for charter school administrators. Teachers College Record.
  • Eckes, S. (2013, Sept.). Strippers, beer, and bachelorette parties: Regulating teachers out-of-school conduct. Principal Leadership.
  • Fox, R., Buchanan, N., Eckes, S., Basford, L. (2012). Religious entanglement in charter cchools: Doethnocentric niche charter schoolshave a prayer" Review of Research in Education, 36(2012), 282-306.
  • Eckes, S. , Decker, J., Richardson, E. (2012). Trends in Court Opinions Involving Negligence in K-12 Schools: Considerations for Teachers and Administrators. Wests Education Law Reporter, 275(2), 505-525.
  • Fossey, R., DeMitchell, T., Eckes, S. (2012). Not to decide is to decide: The Supreme Courts decision Not to review four internet-speech cases leaves public-school educators in a state of confusion, Teachers College Record,
  • Eckes, S. (2012). Faculty religious speech in class. Journal of Religion and Education, 39(2), 133-146.
  • Eckes, S. Russo, C. (2012). School discipline and safety (1sted.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Eckes, S Gibbs, J. (2012). The legal aspects of bullying and harassment of students with disabilities: School leaders obligations.Journal of SchoolLeadership, 22(6), 1065-1087.
  • Eckes, S., Fox, R., Buchanan, N. (2011). Legal and policy issues regarding niche charter schools: Race, religion, culture and the law. Journal of School Choice, 5(1), 85-110.
  • Schimmel, D., Eckes, S., Militello, M. (2011). Principals: An Antidote to Educational Malpractice, Education Week, 30(33), 1-2.
  • Fossey, R., Eckes, S., DeMitchell, T. (2011). Sexual orientation, higher education and the First Amendment. Education Law Reporter, 267(2), 425-446.
  • McCarthy, M., Eckes, S. (2011). Sexual harassment in academe: An overview of the legal standards. In J. Beckham (Ed.), Contemporary issues in higher education law (pp. 167-185). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Brady, K., Umpstead, G., Eckes, S. (2010). Unchartered territory: The current legal landscape of public cyber charter schools.Education Law Journal, 2010(2), 191-274.
  • Eckes, S. (2010). How school law scholars teach about religion in public schools: An analysis of graduate and undergraduate textbooks. Journal of Religion and Education, 37(1), 3-29.
  • Eckes, S. (2010). Charter school legislations impact on diversity, In C. Lubienski (Ed.). Harvard Ed Press, (pp. 51-72). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University.
  • Decker, J., Eckes, S. Plucker, J. (2010). Charter schools designed for gifted and talented students: Legal and policy issues and considerations, 259(1), 1-18.
  • Skiba, R., Eckes, S., Brown, K. (2010). African american disproportionality in school discipline: The divide between best evidence and legal remedy. New York Law School Law Review, 54(4), 1071-1114.
  • Fossey, R., Eckes, S., DeMitchell, T. (2010). Anti-Gay T-Shirt Litigation in the Seventh and Ninth Circuits: Conflict of Outcomes, But Shared Values. Education Law Reporter, 256(1),1-17.
  • Eckes, S. Swando, J. (2009). Special Education Subgroups Under NCLB: Issues to consider. Teachers College Record, 111(11), 2479-2504.
  • Macey, E., Decker, J., Eckes, S. (2009). The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP): An analysis of one models efforts to promote achievement in underserved communities, Journal of School Choice, 3(3), 212-242.
  • Eckes, S. (2008). Public school integration and ther cruel irony of the decision in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1, Education Law Reporter, 228(3), 1-18.
  • Eckes, S. (2008). Significant legal issues for inclusion in preservice teacher preparation programs. Action in Teacher Education, 30(2), 25-35.
  • Eckes, S. Thompson, D. (2008). Retlational lawsuits in public schools: What impact has the Jackson v. Birmingham decision had on school personnel" Education Law Reporter, 232(2), 557-569.
  • McCarthy, M., Eckes, S. (2008). Silence in the hallways: The impact of Garcetti v. Ceballos on public school educators. Boston University Public Interest Law Journal,17(2), 209-235.
  • Cheslock, J. Eckes, S. (2008). Statistical evidence and compliance with Title IX. In A. Luna (Ed.). Legal Applications of data for institutional research, (pp. 31-45). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Eckes, S. McCarthy, M. (2008). GLBT teachers: The evolving legal protections. American Educational Research Journal, 45(3), 530-554.
  • Eckes, S. (2008). Tort law and public schools. In C. Russo (Ed.), The yearbook of education law, (pp.139-156). Dayton, OH: Education Law Association.
  • Fossey, R., DeMitchell, T., Eckes, S. (2007). Sexual orientation, public schools, and the law. Dayton, OH: Education Law Association, No. 77.
  • Eckes, S. (2007). Title IX and high school opportunities: Issues of equity on and in the court. University of Wisconsin Law Review for Women, 21(2), 175-194.
  • Plucker, J., Eckes, S. Rapp, K. Benson, S., Simmons A. (2007). University sponsorship of charter schools. Charter School Review, 1(2), 17-38.
  • Eckes, S., Trotter, A. (2007). Are charter schools using recruitment strategies to increase student body diversity" Education and Urban Society, 40(1), 62-90.
  • Eckes, S., Plucker, J., Benton, S. (2007). Charter school accountability: Legal considerations concerning non-renewal and revocation procedures. Education and Law Journal, 2007(2), 551-580.
  • Eckes, S. (2007). Desegregation decrees versus the NCLB choice provision: Implications for resegregated schools. The Journal of School Choice, 1(3), 63-76.
  • Rapp, K., Eckes, S. (2007). Dispelling the myth of white flight: An examination of minority enrollment in charter schools. Educational Policy, 21(4), 615-661.
  • Eckes, S. Toutkoushian, R. (2006). Legal and statistical issues on reverse pay discrimination in higher education, Research in Higher Education, 47(8), 957-984.
  • Eckes, S. (2006). Barriers to integration in the Mississippi Delta: Could charter schools be the new vehicle for desegregation" Analysis of Social Issues Public Policy, 6(1), 15-31.
  • Trotter, A., Eckes, S. Plucker, J. (2006). Education management organizations and charter schools: Serving all students. Education Law Reporter, 213(3), 935-949.
  • Eckes, S. (2006). From bakes sales to ballot initiatives and beyond: How opponents of affirmative action are fighting back. Howard University Journal of Social Justice, 8(1), 1-36.
  • Eckes, S. Rapp, K. (2006). Charter schools: Trends and implications. In E. St. John (Ed.), Readings on Education, Vol. 19 (pp. 1-26). New York, NY: AMS Press.
  • Eckes, S. (2005). The perceived barriers to educational integration in the Mississippi Delta. Journal of Negro Education, 74(2), 159-173.
  • McCarthy, M. Eckes, S. (2005). Sexual harassment in academe: An overview of the legal standards. Contemporary Issues in Higher Education, Education Law Association, 277-295.
  • Ochoa, T. Eckes, S. (2005). Urban youth in correctional facilities: Segregation based on disability and race. The Journal of Education and Urban Society, 38(1), 21-34.
  • Eckes, S. Ochoa, T. (2005). Students with disabilities: Transitioning from high school to higher education. American Secondary Education, 33(3), 6-20.
  • Eckes, S. (2005). Diversity in higher education: The consideration of race in hiring university faculty. B.Y.U. Education and Law Journal. 2005(1), 33-51.
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