News from Thrun Law

August 30, 2018

Public Act 256 of 2017, effective March 28, 2018, amends many parts of the Child Care Organizations Act. One of the most signifi­cant changes is the new requirement that all child care center staff who have unsupervised access to children (employees, contractors, and volunteers) must undergo a newly created “comprehensive background check,” which includes an FBI fingerprint records check. All child care center staff who will be unsupervised with children must have these new background checks...

July 23, 2018

Section 1274a of the Revised School Code authorizes schools to undertake energy improvement projects and finance them through a variety of meth­ods. Under Public Act 23 of 2017, the Michigan Legislature previously amended Section 1274a to allow school energy improvement projects to include “operational improvements” in addition to...

July 16, 2018

Following a trend set by several federal courts in the past year, two more federal courts recently issued opinions supporting transgender students’ rights to access restrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity. Grimm v Gloucester Co Sch Bd, Case No. 4-54 (ED Va, May 22, 2018); Doe v Boyertown...

June 18, 2018

As the school year comes to a close, school districts must act soon to enroll schools of choice students for the 2018-2019 school year.

The State School Aid Act allows an enrolling district to count non-resident students in membership without resident district approval under certain cir­cumstances. Allowing schools of choice...

June 11, 2018

On May 9, 2018, Governor Snyder signed a package of three laws aimed at protecting student sexual assault victims who attend school with the perpetrator. These laws, which will take effect on August 8, 2018, may have significant implications for our clients.

The first of the three laws requires courts to prohibit a student adjudicated for criminal sexual conduct or assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct from attending the same school building or riding the same school...

June 1, 2018

As the school year winds down, we recommend contacting your favorite Thrun Law Firm attorney to get back-to-school professional development sessions on the calendar! Back-to-school is a busy time, and many schools have already scheduled professional development. We recommend considering professional development in the following...

May 14, 2018

On March 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released its new case processing manual (“CPM”), which details its proce­dures for investigating, resolving, and dismissing complaints. The updated procedures contain many important changes, some of which are highlighted below.

Complaints

The recipient of a complaint now can request a copy of the complaint filed against it. This change will benefit schools that previously had to make a FOIA...

May 7, 2018

With high school graduation fast approaching, we are providing several recommended strategies for ad­dressing common graduation-related legal issues.

Diplomas and “Walking” at Graduation

The end of the school year may usher in “senioritis” and senior pranks, tempting school offi­cials to withhold a student’s...

April 27, 2018

As part of our service to retainer clients, Thrun Law Firm, P.C. will host its annual client seminars at five locations this spring. Our spring seminars are a 30-year tradition and are offered at no charge to our retainer clients. For the first time, each seminar will conclude with an attorney Q & A panel to address pertinent...

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