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On January 10, 2019, the Michigan Court of Appeals released its unpublished opinion in Clarkston Ed Ass’n v Conwell, Case No. 340470.  After the Legislature passed the Right to Work legislation in 2012, union members attained the right to refrain from union activity.  Seizing on the opportunity, Conwell left the union.  However, the union and
Recently, Lusk Albertson covered the lame duck session in the Legislature that closed out the 2018 year (available at Lame Duck Final, The Developments You Need to Know and Updates from Lansing, Lame Duck Sessions).  While there’s certainly a bevy of new laws, two in particular have drawn special attention from school districts – new laws
It’s a new year, and Michigan is now in the Governor Whitmer era.  As you’ve certainly heard, 2018 closed out with a flurry of legislation quickly passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Snyder.  While Lusk Albertson covered developments as they occurred, it’s important that school districts be aware of the key school legislation
UPDATE:  Friday, December 28, 2018 @ 1pm With the dust settled from the Legislature’s lame duck session, here is a comprehensive round‑up of the education bills considered.  More details relative to each bill are found below in earlier versions of this article. Enacted House Bill 5017.  Status:  Enacted into law with Governor Snyder’s approval on


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