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2015 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 25th, 2014

School officials are reminded that while school board elec­tions were moved to the even-year November election date be­ginning in 2012, current law permits school districts to place millage[...]

School Mistakenly Relied on MDE’s Teacher Certification Website to Support Discharge

October 20th, 2014

A Tenure Commission ALJ recently ordered Flint Community Schools to reinstate teacher Beth Casucci, finding that the District’s decision to terminate her em­ployment violated the Teachers’ Tenure Act. Casucci[...]

“80/20” Employers Must Bargain Over Calculation and Allocation of Health Insurance Costs

October 13th, 2014

The Michigan Employment Relations Commission recently ruled that a township violated Public Employment Relations Act (“PERA”) when it refused to bargain over the calculation method and to­tal amount[...]

Competitive Bidding Threshold Increased

September 30th, 2014

The Michigan Department of Education has announced the new threshold amount at which local schools, intermediate school districts, and public school academies must competitively bid: (1) labor and[...]

MDE Cautions Schools about Administrator Certification Requirements

September 29th, 2014

In a memorandum dated July 10, 2014, the Michigan Department of Education (“MDE”) expressed concern that some schools are circumventing the certification requirements of sections 1246 and 1536 of[...]

Public Employer’s Refusal to Bargain Impact of PA 54 Implementation Violates PERA

September 22nd, 2014

The Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”) recently adopted (in the absence of an ap­peal) an Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) ruling that a public employer’s refusal to bargain over[...]

New Budget Transparency Guidance

September 15th, 2014

On July 24, 2014, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) issued revised guidance on budget transparency to include changes required by the fiscal year 2014-15 Educa­tion Omnibus Appropriation[...]