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The Office of Administrative Law is responsible for appeals filed with the State Tenure Commission in teacher tenure matters and appeals filed with the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) in property transfer cases, teacher certification matters, pupil accounting audits, certification penalty appeals, and other complaint and compliance matters. OAL refers MDE cases to the Michigan Administrative Hearings System (MAHS) for hearings where appropriate and prepares draft decisions for the State Tenure Commission and the Superintendent of Public Instruction following action by MAHS. OAL maintains a database of decisions in its NXT electronic system, provides review conferences in pupil accounting and certification penalty appeals, advises the SPI in appeals of FOIA denials and MDE's FOIA coordinator in other FOIA matters, acts as the department's litigation coordinator, processes subpoenas and lawsuits received by MDE, administers the interdepartmental agreement with MAHS, and is responsible for MDE's rulemaking activities and annual regulatory plan.
Precious Boone, Administrative Law Director