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 April 22, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States chose to hear arguments in three cases involving LGBT employees – Altitude Express v Zarda, Bostock v Clayton County, and RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes v EEOC.  These cases are from different jurisdictions: the Second Circuit, Eleventh Circuit, and Sixth Circuit, respectively. In Altitude Express,
On April 16, 2019, the Sixth Circuit released its opinion in Redlin v Grosse Pointe Pub Sch Sys, ___ F3d ___, Case No. 18‑1641 (CA 6, 2019).  The case involved an assistant principal who alleged that the Defendant school district discriminated against her on the basis of gender and retaliated against her on the basis
A bill introduced to the Michigan legislature could have a big impact on school year start times.  House Bill 4087, if enacted into law, would remove a requirement from section 1284b of the Revised School Code that generally prohibits school districts, ISDs, and charter schools from starting the school year before Labor Day.  Currently, the
In an unpublished decision, Hindenach v Olivet College (No. 340540), the Michigan Court of Appeals found no liability for a college and professor during a school field trip to Italy.  The field trip, which lasted for 2.5 weeks and capped off an art course at Olivet, was attended by student Johnathan Hindenach.  Before the field


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