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 Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a negligence claim against a public school district may proceed.  In Glezman v Traverse City Area Pub Sch (Case No. 344477), an unpublished opinion, the plaintiff was injured at an athletic facility at Traverse City West High School when her thumb was crushed between two entrance doors. 
Approximately one year ago, we wrote an article explaining the state of collective bargaining and retirement benefits law in the Sixth Circuit (the article is accessible here).  On May 30, 2019, the Michigan Supreme Court issued its decision on the same general topic in Kendierski v Macomb Co, Docket No. 156086 (2019).  The Kendierski court,
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


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