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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.

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To what extent may a school district discipline a tenured teacher without triggering the time-consuming and expensive mandatory provisions of the Teacher’s Tenure Act, e.g., written charges, board of education action, suspension with pay, full evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge, legal briefs, and final decision of the Tenure Commission? Certainly, oral and written
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently dismissed a defamation lawsuit in which a substitute teacher claimed her work assignments were drastically reduced due to defamatory statements made by school administrators to her staffing agency. In Carter v Warren Consolidated School District, Geaniece Carter was barred from teaching in a school after she “expressed her frustration”
A Virginia school district recently experienced an unfortunate incident involving Snapchat.  Snapchat is a social media application allowing members to enjoy mobile conversations and to snap a photo or video and post it to their followers.  Short Pump Middle School located in Glen Allen, Virginia, made national news on October 22, 2017, when The Washington
The Michigan Court of Appeals has decided that a claim involving a cross‑country coach, a student‑athlete, and a motorist will go forward.  In Ray v Swager, coach Eric Swager was on a run with his team when he directed the students to cross the street at a crosswalk – even though the electronic crosswalk sign

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