Notwithstanding some tendencies and practices to the contrary (not within your district, of course), the Michigan Open Meetings Act does not authorize a board of education to meet in closed session whenever a “personnel matter” is to be considered. This catch-all phrase is simply not found within the text of the OMA.


Lusk Albertson Responds to Demand for Innovative, Strategic Legal Counsel Across the State Lusk Albertson announced today that it is expanding its geographic reach by opening a new office in downtown Grand Rapids. As educators are faced with increasingly complex legal issues inside and outside the classroom, the need for thoughtful legal counsel in school districts
The Michigan Supreme Court recently held in the long-awaited Covenant Medical Center, Inc. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company decision that medical providers do not have standing (or, an independent right) to bring a claim for nonpayment of medical expenses incurred by an insured person arising out of an automobile accident. The Court relied
The US Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v Comer, 582 US ___ (2017), is a must-read for anyone following the national school voucher debate.  Trinity Lutheran was not about schools or vouchers, but will certainly inform the discussion going forward. Trinity Lutheran was about a church playground in Missouri.  The
The over-regulation of k-12 education is a reality, but also a constitutional anomaly.  The federal constitution, which enumerates the powers of the federal government, never mentions education.  Yet, k-12 public schools are overwhelmed by federal regulations and control through a host of Spending Clause statutes: including such notable examples as the Every Student Succeeds Act


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