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.


Recently, a parents’ group in San Diego, California filed suit against the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) asserting that SDUSD installed artificial turf fields made with tire crumbs at a local elementary school.  The parent’s group, Keep Turf Safe, alleges the artificial turf is comprised of finely-ground tire crumbs which contain carcinogens, heavy metals,
In Michigan, and in the Sixth Circuit generally, it is unconstitutional to begin a school board meeting with a prayer.  Coles v Cleveland Bd of Ed, 171 F3d 369 (6th Cir 1999).  The Fifth Circuit reached a different conclusion in American Humanist Assoc v McCarty, (Case Nos. 15-11067 and 16-1120, March 20, 2017).  The Fifth
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide eligible students with a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).  IDEA describes in detail the procedures by which FAPE must be provided.  However, IDEA does not articulate a clear substantive standard for FAPE. The Supreme Court addressed this
Prominent Labor & Employment Attorney Eric Delaporte Brings Expertise to Lusk Albertson Lusk Albertson is excited to announce its merger with school employment and labor law firm Delaporte Law.  Eric Delaporte, founder of Delaporte Law, has joined Lusk Albertson as a member. The combined firm will operate at Lusk Albertson PLC. “Our merger with Delaporte


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