Michigan Department of Education

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Department overview
Formed1850
Headquarters608 West Allegan Street, Lansing [1]
Ministers responsible
  • Casandra E. Ulbrich, Board President
  • Pamela Pugh, Board Vice President
  • Tiffany Tilley, Board Secretary
  • Tom McMillin, Board Treasurer
  • Judith Pritchett, NASBE Delegate
Department executives
  • Michael F Rice, Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Shelia Alles, Chief Deputy
  • Delsa Chapman, Deputy Superintendent, Educator, Student, and School Supports
  • Scott Koenigsknecht, Deputy Superintendent, P-20 System and Student Transitions
  • Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent, Finance Operations
Child agencies
  • Library of Michigan
  • Michigan School for the Deaf
Key document
Website https://www.michigan.gov/mde

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is a state agency of Michigan, in the United States. The MDE oversees public school districts in the state. The department is governed by the State Board of Education. The State Board of Education was first provided for in the Constitution of 1850 and currently exists through the provisions of Article VIII, Section 3, of the Constitution of 1963. The state board is composed of eight members [2] nominated by party conventions and elected at-large for terms of eight years, with two members being elected at each biennial state general election. The governor is authorized to fill vacancies on the state board and also serves as an ex officio member of the state board, without the right to vote. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is appointed by the board for a term to be determined by the board, to serve as its chair, without the right to vote. [3]

The department is led by the Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael F Rice who had been appointed in 2019. [4] As the principal executive officer of the Department of Education, the Superintendent sits on the Governor's Cabinet, the State Administrative Board, and acts as chair and a non-voting member of the State Board of Education. The Superintendent advises the Legislature on education policy and funding needs, as defined by the State Board of Education. The Superintendent is responsible for the implementation of bills passed by the Legislature and policies established by the State Board of Education. The Superintendent is a spokesperson for education in the state. The Superintendent also is the primary liaison to the United States Department of Education and other federal agencies. [5]

Major departmental responsibilities include: educator preparation and certification; providing technical assistance to schools in the areas of education improvement and innovation, special education, grants, transportation, health and food programs; statewide student assessment; school accountability; career and technical education; early childhood learning; distribution of state school aid; and overseeing the distribution and use of federal education program funding. The department also operates the Library of Michigan and the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint. [6]

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References

  1. MDE - Contact Information. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on August 1, 2019.
  2. State Board of Education Members. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on January 9, 2019.
  3. Article VIII, Section 3 of the Constitution of Michigan  (1963)
  4. "State Board Appoints Michael Rice As Next State Superintendent". www.michigan.gov. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  5. MDE - Superintendent. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on August 1, 2019
  6. "Michigan Manual" (PDF). Michigan Legislature. 2017–2018.