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 recent case of Hudson v City of Highland Park, ___ F3d ___ (CA 6, 2019) demonstrates the low bar courts require to press forward with a legal claim.  Hudson involved a firefighter who was disliked by his colleagues because of his outspoken critiques of rampant immorality in the workplace – including use of pornography in communal
The Michigan Court of Appeals has determined that the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) did not violate the Open Meetings Act (OMA) during the 2017 selection of its current Superintendent, Nikolai Vitti.  In A Felon’s Crusade for Equality, Honesty, and Truth v Detroit Pub Sch Comm Dist Bd of Educ, Case No. 343881 (Nov.
In August of this year, Lusk Albertson reported the release of a Court of Appeals decision in Taxpayers for Mich Constitutional Gov’t v Michigan, Case No. 33463.  As our readers may recall, the case involved claims that the State of Michigan violated two sections of the Headlee Amendment.  In a 2-1 decision, the court opined
The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) recently held that a public school math teacher concurrently employed as a track coach could proceed with a grievance related to non‑renewal of his coaching position.  In Marion Ed Ass’n, Case No. CU17 E‑016, Marion Public Schools chose not to renew Timothy Mitchell as a track coach after Mr. Mitchell


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