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Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals released an unpublished opinion in Eplee v City of Lansing, No. 342404 (February 19, 2019).  In that case, the plaintiff, Angela Eplee, applied for, and was conditionally offered, a position with the Lansing Board of Water and Light (the “BWL”).  But when she tested positive for THC, the
The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (“PTAC”) released new guidance earlier this month relative to school safety and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).  The document, which spans 22 pages and contains 37 questions and responses, is intended to shed light on how school officials should treat the disclosure of
On February 7, 2019, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued its unpublished decision in Dignan v Ypsilanti Comm Sch (Case No. 340089).  In that case, Ypsilanti Community Schools hired the Michigan Leadership Institute (“MLI”) to conduct a superintendent search on behalf of the school district.  MLI received 27 applications for the position, and it forwarded
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released an unpublished opinion in DM Burr Facilities Management, Inc, v Romulus Comm Sch (Case No. 340570), a case featuring governmental immunity.  The court chronicled the relatively straightforward facts leading to the maintenance company’s lawsuit against the school district.  To summarize, D.M. Burr contracted with Romulus schools to provide


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