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.


LA Finds New Home in GR

Sunday, 30 September 2018 by
After a little more than a year in Grand Rapids, LA has relocated to new office space in the Trust Building, right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.  The new office space reflects LA’s commitment to the Grand Rapids market and the development of LA’s second office location over the course of the past
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently upheld a school district’s decision to part ways with a former principal.  In Dowker v Richmond Comm Sch, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals, issued Sept. 11, 2018 (Docket No. 336964), former elementary school principal Paula Dowker commenced a legal action on the basis that she
The Sixth Circuit has held, on at least two occasions, the Due Process Clause of the federal constitution does not require school districts to permit cross-examination at student discipline hearings.  Newsome v Batavia Local School District, 842 F2d 920 (6th Cir 1988); Paredes v Curtis, 864 F2d 426 (6th Cir 1988).  Since then, the Sixth
The Michigan Court of Appeals has made a ruling that will influence how school boards enter closed session meetings to discuss specific pending litigation.  In Vermilya v Delta Coll Bd of Trs, ____ Mich App ___; ___ NW2d ___ (2018) (Docket No. 341229), the Delta College Board of Trustees passed a motion to enter a


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