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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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MDE recently issued guidance on compensatory education, available here.  We note MDE clearly and correctly states compensatory education is not available unless a FAPE violation “… had a direct and negative impact on the student’s progress.”  Similarly, the guidance clearly and correctly states compensatory education is not based any formula, but is designed to “…
On March 24, 2020, Governor Whitmer’s stay‑home Executive Order (EO) took effect.  EO 2020‑21 contains a number of exceptions that allow certain individuals to travel, as necessary.  It also requires businesses and other operations to provide written designation relative to critical infrastructure employees and employees who conduct minimum basic operations, if those essential employees will
Eric Dodge, a teacher in the state of Washington, recently filed a First Amendment free speech complaint against his employer, Evergreen Public Schools.  According to the claim, the teacher was ridiculed and received threats of disciplinary action due to his support for President Trump as demonstrated by his possession of a “Make America Great Again”
In an unreported opinion released this month, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee decided that the free speech claim of a public high school senior brought could proceed.  In Doe v. Byrd, a high school senior opted to not attend a field trip because he felt compelled to wear a

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