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Beware of the Fine Print: The Dangers of Equipment Financing

August 2nd, 2014

Vendors may offer seemingly simple financing packages to assist school districts in acquiring buses, copiers, technology, or other school equipment. We recommend that our clients not use the[...]

OCR on Closure of Special Education Programs

July 24th, 2014

As the school year comes to a close, many school officials must unfortunately consider program clo­sures for the 2014-2015 school year.  You are reminded that great care must[...]

Elective Abortion Insurance “Opt-Out” Act’s Impact on School Districts

July 9th, 2014

Many school districts were recently notified by their health insurance providers of the need to opt in or out of “elective” abortion coverage. These notices were sent by[...]

Prohibiteds Are Prohibited!

July 1st, 2014

MERC recently issued two decisions reiterating that teacher layoff, recall, and placement decisions are prohibited bargaining subjects. According to MERC, school districts have no duty to adhere to[...]

“Big Box” Tax Appeals Have Big Impact on School District Finances

June 27th, 2014

On April 22, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the Michigan Tax Tribu­nal’s decisions in Lowe’s Home Centers Inc v Township of Marquette, Docket No.[...]

Additional Guidance on Title IX and Sexual Violence

June 23rd, 2014

 The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has issued a “significant guidance docu­ment” on Title IX and sexual violence. A copy of the guidance can be[...]

Unilateral Change from “80/20” to “Hard Caps” During Term of a Contract Violates PERA

June 16th, 2014

A Michigan Employment Relations Commission (“MERC”) Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) recently held that a school district’s decision to unilaterally change from an 80/20 contribution to a “hard cap”[...]