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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.

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In a recent unpublished case, Stanton v Anchor Bay School District, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s determination that Anchor Bay School District and its superintendent, Leonard Woodside, were absolutely immune from intentional tort claims.  The court also allowed the case against Sherry Kenward (Director of Student Services at the District’s high
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in Meyer v Oakland Community College Board of Trustees, a case involving alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act (OMA), MCL 15.261 et seq.  The salient facts involved a May 2017 meeting by the Defendant Board, during which the Board met in closed session to discuss
In the final month of 2019, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) released one noteworthy decision – finding that a union violated its duty of fair representation to an employee. The facts in Technical Professional and Officeworkers Association of Michigan (TPOAM), Case No. CU18 J‑034, are straightforward.  An employee, Daniel Renner, was disciplined by his employer in
On December 12, 2019, the Sixth Circuit – the appellate court that exercises federal control over Michigan and a handful of other states – released its opinion in Kollaritsch v Michigan State Univ Bd of Trustees, ___F.3d___ (2019).  The plaintiff‑appellants in the case argued, generally, that the University denied the appellants educational opportunities in violation of Title IX when

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