News from Thrun Law

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...

April 26, 2018

Glen Lake Community Schools’ former superintendent (“Superintendent”) resigned a few years ago after the board or­dered an independent audit of whether the district had appropriately tracked administrators’ time off. The audit was ordered following the Superintendent’s use of leave, including leave protected by the Family and...

April 15, 2018

Public Act 23 of 2018 amends Section 705 of the Revised School Code to allow public school academies (PSAs) and intermediate school districts (ISDs) to re­ceive a portion of the revenue generated from a re­gional enhancement millage approved or renewed on or after May 15, 2018.

With ISD-wide voter approval, the Revised School Code allows an ISD to levy a “regional enhancement millage” of up to three mills and distribute the revenue to its constituent schools. Regional enhancement...

April 9, 2018

Recently, the Sixth Circuit issued a unanimous decision that established “discrimination on the basis of transgender and transitioning status violates Title VII.” In EEOC v RG & GR Harris Funeral Homes, Inc, the employer, a funeral home, fired an employee, Aimee Stephens, who was in the process of transitioning from male to female. The employee sued, claiming that the employer discriminated against her on the basis of sex.

Title VII prohibits employers from discriminating...

March 29, 2018

In a case handled by Thrun Law Firm, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed a Michigan Em­ployment Relations Commission (MERC) decision, which found that a union committed an unfair labor practice by demanding to arbitrate a school’s decision to issue a written reprimand to a teacher. Ionia Co Intermediate Ed Ass’n v Ionia Co Intermediate Sch Dist, Case No. 334573 (February 22, 2018). While MERC has consistently held that a decision involving teacher discipline is a prohibited...

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