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.


In a controversial decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals voted 2‑1 to uphold a state statute that permits money from Michigan’s general fund to be allocated to nonpublic schools.  Council of Orgs & Others for Ed About Parochiaid v State of Mich.  Specifically, the funds were designated “to reimburse actual costs incurred by nonpublic schools

New Wage Laws Impact Schools

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 by
School districts must contest with two new Michigan laws governing paid leave and minimum wage beginning in March, 2019.  The Michigan legislature recently enacted the “Earned Sick Time Act” and the “Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act” –  school districts must ensure compliance with these laws to avoid lawsuits or investigations by the Michigan Department of
In an ideal world, school districts would never have problems with employees and there would never be a reason for termination.  The reality is that school districts often enter into settlement agreements with employees that, for one reason or another, cause their school districts to end the employment relationship.  Absent truly rare circumstances, these settlement

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


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