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.


Title IX is a federal law which prohibits school districts from discriminating against students on the basis of sex in exchange for federal funding.  The U.S. Department of Education’s (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights oversees school district compliance with Title IX, including the investigation and resolution of Title IX complaints when they arise. Locally, the
The Court of Appeals, by a 2‑1 split decision, has ruled that a student injured in a car accident may not proceed in his case.  In Schaub v Seyler, Logan Schaub was waiting at his bus stop when RyAnn Herman, an alternate bus driver for Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) who had never driven
Recently, the Legislature added a Revised School Code section to allow high school students to receive practical experience before graduation.  MCL 380.1279h presents grades 9‑12 students (with a parent’s or guardian’s permission) with the option to receive school credit in exchange for the completion of an internship or work experience opportunity.  To qualify for credit,

The Impact of Proposal 1 on Schools

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 by
In a decisive vote, Michigan voters adopted Proposal 1 in Tuesday’s election, paving the way for legalized use of marijuana throughout the state. The specific language of the ballot proposal was as follows: Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for


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