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“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”[...]

Thrun Law Firm’s Spring Seminars: Another Successful Year in the Books

June 4th, 2014

This year marked the 28th anniversary of Thrun Law Firm's School Law Update annual spring seminars.  The seminars, which were held in Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Livonia and Marquette, were[...]

No Duty to Comply With “Prohibited Subjects” in Expired CBA

June 3rd, 2014

MERC recently rejected an unfair labor practice (“ULP”) charge alleging that the Pontiac School District violated a collective bargaining agreement by requiring teachers to collect student questionnaires and[...]

Identification Statement Required on Election-Related Communications

June 2nd, 2014

Recent changes to Section 47 of Michigan’s Cam­paign Finance Act require a communication (e.g., telephone call or television commercial) that refer­ences an election, candidate, or ballot question to[...]

Truth-in-Taxation and Budget Hearing Reminder

April 30th, 2014

Michigan law requires a school board to adopt its budget before the beginning of the fiscal year (July 1). School officials should be aware of budget adoption legislation[...]