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.


On May 20, 2019, the Supreme Court denied review in Doe v Woodard, 912 F3d 1278 (CA 10, 2019), a Tenth Circuit case involving a warrantless strip-search of a child at pre‑school.  The question at hand was whether a state social worker’s warrantless search of a minor child for signs of abuse was unreasonable and,
We all know that, as the Supreme Court once held, students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.  Still, it can be difficult to distinguish between constitutionally protected student speech and insubordination.  The federal district court’s decision in K.B. v DeKalb County School District, Case No. 18-5201 (April 29, 2019) provides a
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”) released three decisions of note in April – two of which adopted Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) decisions after the relevant parties failed to file exceptions.  In all three cases, the MERC (or ALJs) determined the employers had not committed a violation of the Public Employment Relations Act (“PERA”). In Plymouth‑Canton Comm
As the LAunch Scholarship season comes to a close, we are so honored to present each of our four winners with their scholarships. These students have very bright futures in front of them, and we are proud that we could be a part of helping them along the way. #LAunched


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