News from Thrun Law


Professional Development as Instructional Time

November 18th, 2019

Effective October 1, 2019, a school may count up to 38 hours of qualifying professional development (QPD) for teachers as hours of student instruction for state school aid.[...]


Hands Down: No Majority Vote Rule for IEP or MDR Decisions

November 11th, 2019

School officials should strive to reach consensus in individualized education program (IEP) Team meet­ings and at manifestation determination reviews (MDRs). In some cases, however, consensus may not be[...]


Thrun Law Firm Halloween Costumes Revealed

November 4th, 2019

We hope that you had a safe (and dry!) Halloween.  As promised, here are the identities of the guys and ghouls in our Halloween collage – pictured left[...]


File Your Qualifying Statement!

November 4th, 2019

For a school that wants to borrow money, obtaining “qualified status” each year from the Michigan Department of Treasury is critical. Before a school issues most types of[...]


New FLSA Rule Takes Effect January 1, 2020

November 1st, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a final rule amending the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations. The amended regulations, effective January 1, 2020, increase the[...]


Sixth Circuit Finds No First Amendment Retaliation for Fired Coach

October 21st, 2019

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the decisions of which are binding in Michigan, recently found that a Tennessee school district did not violate a former coach’s First[...]


Purchasing Real Estate: Due Diligence

October 14th, 2019

School officials authorized to purchase real estate for their schools are often eager to put pen to paper af­ter finding reasonably priced property. A real estate purchase agreement[...]