Michigan Department of Education

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Department of Education
Department overview
Ministers responsible
  • John C. Austin, Board President
  • Casandra E. Ulbrich, Board Vice President
  • Michelle Fecteau, Board Secretary
  • Pamela Pugh, Board Treasurer
Department executives
  • Brian J Whiston, State Superintendent
  • Susan Broman, Deputy Supt., Office of Great Start
  • Venessa Keesler, Deputy Supt., Accountability Services
  • Norma Jean Sass, Deputy Supt., Educational Services
  • Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Supt., Administrative Services
Child department
  • Library of Michigan
Key document
Website http://www.michigan.gov/mde

Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is a state agency of Michigan, in the United States. MDE oversees public school districts in the state. The agency is headquartered at 608 West Allegan Street in Lansing.[1] The Department of Education is overseen by the State Board of Education. The Board of Education is elected at-large and appoints the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also the chair and a non-voting member of the Board.[2] Currently the Superintendent of Public Instruction is Brian J Whiston, who was appointed on July 1, 2015.[3]

The Michigan State Board of Education is elected[4] every two years in groups of 2 for eight year terms.[5] The Board of Education is one of a few commissions that head up departments, with the other commissions' members appointed by the governor.


The responsibilities of the state Department of Education and the Board of Education are outlined in the 1963 Michigan Constitution, which states[6][7]

Leadership and general supervision over all public education, including adult education and instructional programs in state institutions, except as to institutions of higher education granting baccalaureate degrees, is vested in a state board of education. It shall serve as the general planning and coordinating body for all public education, including higher education, and shall advise the legislature as to the financial requirements in connection therewith.


  1. ^ MDE - Contact Information. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on March 30, 2009.
  2. ^ MDE - Superintendent. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on April 22, 2009
  3. ^ MDE - Brian J Whiston, Superintendent of Public Instruction. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on July 13, 2015
  4. ^ MICHIGAN IN BRIEF: 1998–99 Chapter 2: About State Government (PDF). Public Sector Consultants, Inc. 1999. 
  5. ^ Article VIII of the Constitution of Section 3, Constitution of  (1963)
  6. ^ MDE - State Board of Education. Michigan Department of Education. Retrieved on April 22, 2009
  7. ^ The Constitution of the State of Michigan of 1963, Article VIII, Sec. 3.

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