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Public and Governmental Affairs

Public and Governmental Affairs

All major legislative initiatives that affect the Revised School Code and legislation relating to education, and Michigan becoming a Top 10 education state, are managed by the Office of Public and Governmental Affairs (OPGA). The Director maintains liaison functions with the State Legislature; facilitates communications on legislative issues with internal and external organizations at the state and national levels; responds to all education constituent issues referred by the legislative offices; and acts as the coordinating office with U.S. Congress and federal agencies on federal legislation. This office participates in all aspects of the development, passage, and implementation of state legislative and regulatory initiatives necessary to carry out the mission of MDE. Recommendations are provided to the SBE and the State Superintendent.

The Office is responsible for overall leadership and implementation of internal and external communications and outreach activities for the Department and the SBE.

Martin Ackley, Director
517-241-4395
ackleym@michigan.gov