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 Employment Relations Commission (MERC) released two decisions of note in November – both of which contained determinations that no unfair labor practices had been shown.  Summaries of these decisions are as follows: Detroit Public Schools Community District, Case No. C18 K-104.  Charging Party was a teacher with Respondent, but he was terminated after allegations of
On December 4, 2019, the Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 377, which restores certain vetoed items and includes other funding changes.  The Bill also amends various boilerplate provisions in the State School Aid Act, MCL 388.1601 et seq.  For K‑12, the Bill would increase General Fund/General Purpose spending by $350,000 and would increase School Aid
The recent case of Hudson v City of Highland Park, ___ F3d ___ (CA 6, 2019) demonstrates the low bar courts require to press forward with a legal claim.  Hudson involved a firefighter who was disliked by his colleagues because of his outspoken critiques of rampant immorality in the workplace – including use of pornography in communal
The Michigan Court of Appeals has determined that the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) did not violate the Open Meetings Act (OMA) during the 2017 selection of its current Superintendent, Nikolai Vitti.  In A Felon’s Crusade for Equality, Honesty, and Truth v Detroit Pub Sch Comm Dist Bd of Educ, Case No. 343881 (Nov.


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