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.


The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which exercises federal jurisdiction over Michigan and a handful of nearby states, recently decided that schools receiving federal funds are not subject to Title IX liability under a “cat’s paw” theory.  In Bose v Bea, a student was expelled from Rhodes College (Tennessee) for cheating on tests and quizzes. 
In a recent memorandum, the Michigan Department of Education suggested school districts may not want to assume they will be granted “snow‑day waivers” under certain circumstances.  MDE noted that the State School Aid Act grants schools the right to cancel up to six (6) days of instructional time for conditions beyond the district’s control – severe storms,
In an unpublished decision, the United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals in M.S., S.S., on behalf of H.S. v Hillsborough Twp Pub Sch Dist held a school district was not required to reimburse parents the cost of an independent educational evaluation (IEE) until the parents disagreed with the school district’s evaluation of the student. 
Governor Whitmer recently signed House Bills 4311, 4916, 4308, and 4307 into law.  These bills, respectively, create the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, the Lawful Sports Betting Act, the Fantasy Contests Consumer Protection Act, and amend certain provisions of the Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act. The Lawful Internet Gaming Act formally regulates the manner in


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