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 recently issued its opinion in Schulkers v. Kammer, involving the question of how the Fourth Amendment impacts social worker interactions with students during school.  Plaintiffs alleged that Defendants, Elizabeth Kammer (Kammer), Alison Campbell (Campbell) and Kara violated their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights when, among other activities, they conducted in-school interviews of
On April 8, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020‑41, which relaxes notarization requirements in Michigan until midnight on May 6, 2020.  Similar to the loosening of other laws under prior EOs, EO 2020‑41 suspends strict compliance with the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act (URPERA), and the Michigan
On April 1, 2020, Idaho became the first state to deny transgender girls from participating in girls’ athletics. The Fairness in Women’s Sports Act was signed by Governor Brad Little, who also signed a bill that prohibits transgender people from being able to change their birth certificates to match their gender identities.  Further, it legalized
On Sunday, Governor Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020‑38, effective through June 4, 2020 (or through any extension of the EO).  The EO offers flexibility to public bodies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) as they attempt to navigate the myriad issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The EO relaxes the FOIA’s initial 5‑day requirement


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