Somberg et al v. Utica Community Schools
ORDER Accepting Second Status Report and Setting the Deadline for next status report and for any Objections. Objections due by 8/17/2018, any Response is due by 8/24/2018 and the next status report is due by 10/31/2018 Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JEANNINE L. SOMBERG et al.,
Case No. 13-11810
UTICA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS,
ORDER ACCEPTING SECOND STATUS REPORT
AND SETTING DEADLINE FOR OBJECTIONS
On December 27, 2017, the court issued an order implementing a compensatory
education plan for Plaintiff Dylan Somberg. Pursuant to this and previous orders of the
court, Special Master Cynthia Raymo was required to submit periodic status reports
detailing Dylan’s progress under the plan. The first plan has been submitted and
circulated to the parties. As with the previous report, the court finds that the
compensatory education plan is not, at this point, in need of any modification. The
Special Master has identified some areas in need of improvement, but has also
identified ways in which she seeks to make those improvements. To the extent those
modifications result in costs at or under what has already been approved, the Special
Master is authorized to make those improvements, provided proper notice is given to
the parties. If larger modifications are necessary, the parties may do so by agreement,
or an appropriate motion will need to be brought before the court.
The court intends to file the report on the docket. However, while the previous
report was filed under seal, the court is now inclined to believe that these reports should
be filed on the open docket. The Sixth Circuit has recently stressed the "strong
presumption in favor of openness of court records." Shane Grp., Inc. v. Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Mich., 825 F.3d 299, 305 (6th Cir. 2016) (internal quotation marks omitted).
Parties who ask for a record document to be sealed must “analyze in detail” why the
information should stay secret. Id. Having considered Shane Group in the context of
the status reports, the court leans toward the presumption of openness. Nonetheless,
the court will allow the parties an opportunity to state their positions. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that the second status report is ACCEPTED. The next status
report shall be submitted to the court by October 31, 2018.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if the parties have any objection to filing the
second status report on the docket, or to unsealing the first status report, they should
file their objection by August 17, 2018. Any response to the objection should be filed
by August 24, 2018.
S/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: August 9, 2018
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, August 9, 2018, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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