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.


Updates from Lansing

Monday, 16 April 2018 by
Senate Bill No. 796 The Michigan Senate recently passed Senate Bill No. 796 which would prohibit the renewal or creation of collective bargaining agreements (“CBA”) permitting certain public employees from using “release time” paid by a public school district to conduct union business.  This bill is aimed at public school employees who are also union
Donald Trump. The Washington Post. National and state lawmakers. In the wake of the Parkland shooting, it seems everyone is wading into the conversation about firearms and safety – again. State Representative Jim Runestad recently pledged to draft legislation that will allow trained teachers to access firearms stored safely in containers on school property. Whether or

Why Am I Signing This Waiver?

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 by
Some things in life are certain – death, taxes, and pre injury liability waivers. These are all riveting subjects, but the last is particularly ubiquitous in our daily lives. From harrowing activities like skydiving, to more mundane events like playing in a sports league, you’ve probably signed at least dozens of these kinds of waivers
A student appears in your office, toting an adorable dog. “Not appropriate for school” is your immediate thought, but then the student throws you a curveball. The animal is not a pet, but a service animal, intended to support the student with a medical issue of some sort. That sounds kind of legal. So, what


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