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.


In an unpublished case, Kalamazoo Transportation Association v Kalamazoo Public Schools, the Michigan Court of Appeals sent a FOIA action back to the trial court for further proceedings. The union submitted a FOIA request to the School District for bus discipline‑referral forms, which were filled out by bus drivers to document student misconduct.  The union
In a pair of memoranda released on December 12, 2019, the Michigan Department of Education notified school districts of updates to important operational requirements. The first memorandum, titled “Process for Approval of Qualifying Professional Development as Instructional Hours Memo,” contains information regarding MCL 388.1701(10), which was amended to allow up to 38 hours of qualifying
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) released two decisions of note in November – both of which contained determinations that no unfair labor practices had been shown.  Summaries of these decisions are as follows: Detroit Public Schools Community District, Case No. C18 K-104.  Charging Party was a teacher with Respondent, but he was terminated after allegations of
On December 4, 2019, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 377, which restores certain vetoed items and includes other funding changes.  The Bill also amends various boilerplate provisions in the State School Aid Act, MCL 388.1601 et seq.  For K‑12, the Bill would increase General Fund/General Purpose spending by $350,000 and would increase School Aid


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