News from Thrun Law

Tenure Commission Upholds Discharge for Academic Dishonesty

August 19th, 2019

The Tenure Commission recently upheld the discharge of a tenured teacher for her unethical and dishonest academic practices in manipulating student assessments. ReVoir v Ann Arbor Pub Schs,[...]

OSEP Provides New Special Education Guidance

August 12th, 2019

The United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) recently issued informal guidance on a variety of special education is­sues in response to inquiries from[...]

Schools of Choice Refresher

August 5th, 2019

It may seem like summer vacation just started, but districts that elect to participate in schools of choice for the 2019-2020 school year should ensure they are ready[...]

Supreme Court Limits Test for Establishment Clause Violation

July 26th, 2019

In a recent decision with significance for public schools, the United States Supreme Court ruled that certain longstanding com­munity monuments, symbols, and practices may have a presump­tion of[...]

Refusing to Provide Union Member Contact Information Violates PERA

July 22nd, 2019

MERC recently held that a school district violated PERA by refusing to provide a union with the contact information for employees within a bargaining unit represented by the[...]

MDE Issues Special Education Guidance

July 15th, 2019

MDE’s Office of Special Education recently issued three guidance documents addressing shortened school days, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reevaluation process, and special education discipline requirements.[...]

Title IX: Starting the Investigation

July 8th, 2019

Schools are receiving an overwhelming number of sexual misconduct reports, including both student-to-student and staff-to-student sexual harassment, result­ing in an increase in Title IX investigations. Those inves­tigations vary[...]