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School Law Case Updates

Kacie Kefgen

By Kacie Kefgen, MASB Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services

DashBoard, April 19, 2017

As you may know, MASB is currently involved in three major legal actions. Following is some recent news on these cases:

Public Funding of Private Schools Case

We reported in DashBoard last month that MASB, along with other public education organizations, filed suit against the state to stop $2.5 million in public funds going to private schools.

Recently, the Attorney General agreed that the funds should not be released to the private schools before July 1, which may preclude the need for an injunction. Last week, a private religious school, some parents and a few lawmakers are seeking to become codefendants in the lawsuit, asserting U.S. Constitutional arguments. There will no doubt be more twists and turns in this case as it proceeds, and we will keep you updated.

Open Carry of Guns in Schools

You may remember per the report in DashBoard, that MASB contributed an amicus curiae brief in support of school boards having the authority to regulate openly carried guns on school grounds. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of school districts in December, and not surprisingly, the open-carry advocates have appealed that ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has not yet granted the leave to appeal, but last month it granted MASB’s motion to file an amicus brief.

Former Principal Employment Dispute

As we reported in DashBoard last year, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion in the case between Tracey Sahouri, a former elementary school principal investigated over MEAP irregularities, and her school district, Hartland Consolidated Schools. The district appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court on those points that went against the district’s position. In an order issued earlier this month, the Court denied the district’s appeal.

The case will now go to trial unless it is settled out of court. No trial dates have been set.

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