Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
21 May 2021

Michigan Court of Appeals Closes Potential FOIA...

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals published its decision in Traverse City Record-Eagle v Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education, a case involving a significant loophole in the way the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA) interact. Shortly after the hiring of Traverse City Area Public Schools […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
19 April 2021

Michigan Court of Appeals Allows Teacher Aide t...

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently released its unpublished opinion in Harlan v Detroit Public Schools Community School District, a case involving a teacher’s aide (Harlan) who was terminated for allegedly falsifying a report of assault committed by a student.   The pertinent facts are as follows. At the end of the school day, Harlan […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
18 March 2021

No Case for Wheelchair-Bound Student Who Collid...

In a recent unpublished case, Storck v. Washtenaw Indep. Sch. Dist., the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case involving a wheelchair‑bound student, Ivan Williams, Jr., who suffered an injury while at school.  While being unloaded from the bus after a school trip, the assistant working with Williams placed the wheelchair toward an […]

US Capitol Building in Washington DC
04 March 2021

What the American Rescue Plan means for K-12

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a comprehensive COVID-19 economic relief package. Subtitle A of Title II of the ARP includes proposed funding relief as it relates to education.  The ARP provides about $170 billion in relief for elementary, secondary, and higher education, with approximately $128.6 billion specifically […]

School Lockers
24 February 2021

MDE Deducts Hefty Sum for Principal Without Val...

Late last month, the 30th Judicial Circuit Court for Ingham County released its opinion in Tecumseh Public Schools v. Michigan Department of Education.  The case involved the District’s appeal relative to a state funding deduction imposed after it employed an administrator lacking the prerequisites for an administrator certification. The District hired Carl Lewandowski in 1997 […]

09 February 2021

State Superintendent Advocates for More Instruc...

At a joint hearing between the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee and the House Education Committee, Dr. Rice, Michigan Superintendent of Schools, encouraged legislators to consider additional instructional time in the upcoming academic school year to address foregone student learning. The joint committee hearing took place last week, where Dr. Rice testified that the […]

Michigan Court of Appeals Building Interior
25 November 2020

Plaintiff Loses in Public-Building Design Defec...

In a recent unpublished opinion, Davis v. Flint Community Schools et al., the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed a case filed after a student was injured at school, finding that governmental immunity applied to the teacher and school district.  The case involved injuries to a student, Dishon Davis, sustained in a classroom.  Dishon, a six‑year […]

23 October 2020

Court Denies Teacher’s Appeal in Case of Studen...

In a recent unpublished case, JB ex rel. Barnes v. Detroit Public School District et al., the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a teacher’s attempt to dismiss a case filed by a student whose finger was severed while at school.  The court reasoned that the case had not been sufficiently developed and […]