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.


On June 30, 2020, the United States Supreme Court struck down a broadly-worded and strictly-enforced “no-aid” provision of Montana’s constitution, interpreted to prohibit aid to religious schools. Espinoza v Montana Dept of Revenue, 591 US ___ (2020). Espinoza arose from a Montana statute that provided tuition assistance to parents who chose to send their children
On June 30, 2020, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in B.L. v Mahanoy Area Sch Dist, a case originating in Pennsylvania.  There, a disgruntled cheerleader, who had tried out for the varsity squad but was kept on the junior varsity squad, posted a “snap” on Snapchat containing the caption “fuck cheer.” 
On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia.  Bostock involved three cases from different parts of the country: in the first case, an employee was terminated after he joined a gay recreational softball league; in the second case, an employee was terminated after he
The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its decision in Jewett v Mesick Consol Sch Dist, ___ Mich App ___ (2020), which involved a claim of employment discrimination under Michigan’s Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA).  The relevant facts are as follows:  Plaintiff, Randy Jewett, was hired as a custodian for the Defendant School


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