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.


Last Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court held that schools may prohibit individuals from openly carrying firearms on school property.  In Michigan Gun Owners v Ann Arbor Pub Sch, ___ NW2d ___ (2018), the Supreme Court upheld school district policies in the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the Clio Area School District that banned firearms on
The Michigan Civil Rights Commission (MCRC) recently issued Interpretative Statement 2018-1, concluding the prohibition on sex discrimination in Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA) also prohibited discrimination on the basis on sexual orientation and gender identity.  In response to an inquiry from Michigan Senator Arlan Meekhof, Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schuette, recently issued OAG, 2018,
It has been widely reported the Legislature repealed Michigan’s Prevailing Wage Statute last month.  Formerly, the law had required school districts to pay “prevailing wages and benefits” (i.e., union scale wages and benefits) to workers on school district and other state construction projects.  The manner in which the Legislature passed the law was somewhat unusual. 
From time-to-time our clients receive broad requests for education records including “all” emails concerning the student.  The question is whether such a request obligates the District to search for and print up all emails concerning the student.  The Ninth Circuit answered this question in the negative in a recent decision, Burnett v San Mateo-Foster City


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