Clark Hill Attorney Barbara A. Ruga to Present “Educator Evaluations” During the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators’ 2016 Spring Meeting

Mar 14, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Clark Hill attorney Barbara A. Ruga will present “Educator Evaluations” during the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators’ Spring Meeting on Thursday, March 17, 2016. Ruga will discuss new requirements of PA 173 and steps districts should be taking to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year, primarily with respect to school administrators, including recent MDE guidance on section 95a funds.

Ruga is a member in Clark Hill’s Grand Rapids office where she practices in the Education and Municipal Practice Group as well as the Labor & Employment Law Practice Group. For more than 38 years, Ruga has been advising and counseling public and private employers on a wide variety of labor law and employment issues. Ruga has extensive experience negotiating public sector contracts in a context of scarce resources. She has also handled numerous unfair labor practice charges, fact-findings, OCR and EEO claims and related employment litigation. Ruga advocates for prevention through education, and to that end specializes in employee training programs to clients and public school organizations.

A past president of the Michigan Council for School Attorneys, Ruga has been recognized by her peers as a leader in the school labor negotiations field through the prestigious Harlow Claggett award, received in 2007 for her contributions to public school labor negotiations, and is frequently asked to speak at industry conferences throughout the state. In addition, Ruga was recently designated  Grand Rapids' 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" for Education Law in the 22nd Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year."

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