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.


A recent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court serves as an excellent reminder to pay attention to the details of a claim, beginning at the earliest point in a case.  In Fort Bend Co v Davis, ___ U.S. ___ (2019), the Court held that Title VII’s charge‑filing requirement is not jurisdictional in nature. For those
The Associated Press reports the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a “Statement of Interest” supporting three Maine families suing the state for refusing to pay high school tuition to religious high schools for students who live in school districts that do not have their own high schools.  Maine has long interpreted its
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a negligence claim against a public school district may proceed.  In Glezman v Traverse City Area Pub Sch (Case No. 344477), an unpublished opinion, the plaintiff was injured at an athletic facility at Traverse City West High School when her thumb was crushed between two entrance doors. 
Approximately one year ago, we wrote an article explaining the state of collective bargaining and retirement benefits law in the Sixth Circuit (the article is accessible here).  On May 30, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its decision on the same general topic in Kendierski v Macomb Co, Docket No. 156086 (2019).  The Kendierski court,


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