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.


At Lusk Albertson, we report the good and the bad news, and the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) released one decision of note in May that falls in the latter category.  In Lapeer Comm Sch, Case No. C18 H‑078, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) determined that the employer committed a violation of the Public Employment
The Michigan Department of Education’s Office of Special Education (MDE OSE) recently issued three policy guidance documents entitled: IDEA Discipline Requirements; Shortened School Day and Special Education Reevaluation Process.  We encourage our clients to review these documents to ensure compliance with MDE OSE expectations.  Special attention should be paid to the guidance on shortened school
On May 20, 2019, the Supreme Court denied review in Doe v Woodard, 912 F3d 1278 (CA 10, 2019), a Tenth Circuit case involving a warrantless strip-search of a child at pre‑school.  The question at hand was whether a state social worker’s warrantless search of a minor child for signs of abuse was unreasonable and,
We all know that, as the Supreme Court once held, students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.  Still, it can be difficult to distinguish between constitutionally protected student speech and insubordination.  The federal district court’s decision in K.B. v DeKalb County School District, Case No. 18-5201 (April 29, 2019) provides a


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