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Recently, the Michigan Legislature repealed Section 1179b of the Revised School Code which addressed the administration of opioid antagonists by school employees to persons believed to be experiencing an opioid-related overdose.  In its place, the Administration of Opioid Antagonists Act, MCL 15.671, et seq. was passed.  The new Act still permits school districts to possess
On May 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Letter of Impending Enforcement Action (“Letter”) against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (“CIAC”) and several Connecticut public school districts.  At issue was the CIAC’s policy permitting biologically‑male transgender student‑athletes to participate in athletic competitions with biologically‑female student‑athletes.  The subject policy
No one questions the critical importance of education; certainly not us.  Every constitution of every state in the United States identifies education as a constitutional right.  The Michigan constitution provides, “Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” Const
In late April, we wrote about the Sixth Circuit’s decision in Gary B, et al., v. Whitmer, et al. (Case No. 18‑1855/1871, April 23, 2020), in which the court held that students have a fundamental right to a basic minimum education – meaning one that provided access to literacy. In the following weeks, Governor Whitmer faced pressure


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