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.


The Impact of Proposal 1 on Schools

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 by
In a decisive vote, Michigan voters adopted Proposal 1 in Tuesday’s election, paving the way for legalized use of marijuana throughout the state. The specific language of the ballot proposal was as follows: Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for
In a controversial decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals voted 2‑1 to uphold a state statute that permits money from Michigan’s general fund to be allocated to nonpublic schools.  Council of Orgs & Others for Ed About Parochiaid v State of Mich.  Specifically, the funds were designated “to reimburse actual costs incurred by nonpublic schools

New Wage Laws Impact Schools

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 by
School districts must contest with two new Michigan laws governing paid leave and minimum wage beginning in March, 2019.  The Michigan legislature recently enacted the “Earned Sick Time Act” and the “Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act” –  school districts must ensure compliance with these laws to avoid lawsuits or investigations by the Michigan Department of
In an ideal world, school districts would never have problems with employees and there would never be a reason for termination.  The reality is that school districts often enter into settlement agreements with employees that, for one reason or another, cause their school districts to end the employment relationship.  Absent truly rare circumstances, these settlement


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