News from Thrun Law

October 16, 2013

As previously reported in the August 2013 edition of School Law Notes, Team Thrun has fielded three marathon relay teams and one solo marathon runner to participate in the Detroit Free Press Marathon events for the fourth year in a row. This year’s Detroit Free Press Marathon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 20. If you plan to attend the events, please look for us in our neon green Team Thrun shirts at the finish line area. We hope to see you there!

September 30, 2013

    In 2005, the Michigan Legislature amended the Revised School Code by adding Section 1230d. Section 1230d mandates that applicants, employees, and those contracted to work “regularly and continuously” in a public or private school must report to the school district on a form provided by the Michigan Department of Education if charged with a crime...

September 25, 2013

The Michigan Department of Education recently announced the new threshold amount at which local school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies must competitively bid (1) labor and materials for construction projects under Revised School Code Section 1267; and (2) the purchase of supplies, materials, and equipment under Revised School Code Section 623a (intermediate school districts) and Section 1274 (local school districts and public school academies). For...

August 29, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Katherine Wolf Broaddus and Timothy Gardner, Jr. have joined Thrun Law Firm.

Katherine Broaddus joins us after having practiced for seven years at a Farmington Hills law firm that represents school districts, intermediate school districts, and public school academies. Ms. Broaddus will concentrate her practice in the areas of general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law.

Ms. Broaddus received her undergraduate degrees...

August 28, 2013

In support of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) recently proposed a top-to-bottom revision of the Universal Service Fund program, commonly known as “E-Rate”. FCC 13-100 (July 19, 2013). The FCC’s proposal includes:

  • Simplifying rules on fiber deployment to lower barriers to new construction;
  • Prioritizing funding for new fiber deployments that will drive higher speeds and long-term efficiency;
  • Phasing out...
August 27, 2013

     On Sunday, October 20, 2013, the tradition continues when Thrun Law Firm will participate for the fourth year in a row in the Detroit Free Press Marathon events.

This year Team Thrun has fielded three Marathon Relay teams and one solo marathon racer:

Team Thrun Marathon Relay Team #1...

July 25, 2013

With tight budgets, school districts are likely to consider privatization of noninstructional support services and contracts with third parties for administrators. The decision to use contracted service arrangements raises numerous legal issues, not the least of which involves employee misclassification, which may result in serious consequences. In the past, this firm has cautioned its retainer clients that contracted services agreements with third-party vendors are not a panacea and should...

July 24, 2013

Clients seeking to finance the purchase of equipment are advised that the time required to complete all the necessary legal documents may be quite lengthy. School districts may only finance the purchase of equipment through statutorily-defined avenues. Two common ways to finance equipment purchases are through either an installment purchase agreement (“IPA”) or a lease purchase agreement (“LPA”).

Installment purchase agreements are authorized by Act 99 of 1933, whereas lease purchase...

June 28, 2013

Must a student be expelled for assaulting a staff member? When is an expelled student eligible for reinstatement? What special rules apply for students with disabilities? How much “process” is due a student before a suspension or expulsion?

Before disciplining a student, school officials must understand the interplay between constitutional due process requirements; federal law, including the Gun-Free Schools Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Section 504 of the...