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Thrun Law Firm, P.C., provides a full range of legal services to the public sector. We also represent the vast majority of school districts in Michigan.

Our history of representing the majority of Michigan's school districts for over 50 years benefits our school clients through effective and efficient legal representation, comprehensive and knowledgeable legal analysis of issues facing school boards and administrators, and fair and cost-effective billing practices.

Founded by the Thrun family in the 1950's (see our firm History page), Thrun Law Firm has set the standard for legal representation of school districts and other municipalities in the State of Michigan. Because of this legal expertise and the number of school districts and other municipalities it represents, our attorneys generally have knowledge of, and prior experience in, addressing similar legal issues and problems that occur among several of our school district and other public sector clients.

About Thrun Law Firm

Thrun Law Firm, P.C. is Michigan’s premier public sector law firm, specializing in education and municipal law. In contrast to other law firms, public sector law is not just a “sideline” business or one of many practice areas for our firm. Instead, our attorneys focus almost exclusively on public sector law and representing the firm’s school district, public school academy, local government and other public sector clients across Michigan. We have a deep bench of experienced attorneys and other resources necessary to provide our public sector clients with quality and effective legal representation, and our concentration on public sector law results in substantial cost savings for our clients.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (“OSERS”) recently issued a “Dear Colleague” letter reminding school officials that an individualized education program for a student with a disability must be “aligned with the State’s academic content stand­ards for the grade in which the student is enrolled.” Dear Colleague Letter, 66 IDELR 227 (November 16, 2015).

Schools that have outstanding tax credit bonds must annually complete and file Form 1097-BTC with the IRS. For tax year 2015, Form 1097-BTC must be filed with the IRS on or before February 29, 2016 (or March 31, 2016, if filed electronically).

With the first half of the school year ending, school officials should turn their attention to midyear progress reports for certain teachers. Section 1249 of the Revised School Code requires that teacher evaluations include a midyear progress report for two groups of teachers: (1) all first year probationary teachers; and (2) all tenured or probationary teachers who were rated “minimally effective” or “ineffective” in their most recent annual year-end evaluation.