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 February 27, 2020, the Sixth Circuit — the appellate court that exercises federal control over Michigan and a handful of other states — released its opinion in Fisher v Nissan North America, Inc, ___ F3d ___ (CA 6, 2020).  The plaintiff (Fisher) argued that the defendant (Nissan) failed to accommodate Fisher’s disability and failed
How does a school district provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students during a school closure?  The United States Department of Education (DOE) issued a Q&A addressing some common questions.  The Q&A, while helpful, stresses that it is an informal guidance document, not a binding statement of law. The Q&A confirms that,

Coronavirus: Legal Q&A

This document is intended to support school administrators responding to a potential crisis about which there is already a great deal of armchair quarterbacking, rumors, and fear.  While we are primarily focused on legal concerns, our intent is to distill the current information from numerous government sources and add it to our legal knowledge, in
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its opinion in Disabatino v Grand Blanc Community Schools (No. 346581), a case involving allegations of false imprisonment, gross negligence, and violations of the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA).  The salient facts are as follows:  Theodore Basing, a Grand Blanc teacher, was teaching the plaintiff


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