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Governmental Affairs

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The Office of Governmental Affairs provides legal counsel to the staff of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The general counsel serves as counsel for the Commissioner and the State Board of Education; as a liaison to other state and federal agencies; and as an advisor on legislative issues, contracts and grants, and internal audits.

The Governmental Affairs staff works with the Educator Certification office and the Missouri Attorney General’s office to conduct hearings which may result in the revocation of the certificates of Missouri educators who are charged with misconduct.

The General Counsel also coordinates work of legal counsel assigned to the Office of Special Education and the Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitative Services.

Contact Information

Mark Allan VanZandt
General Counsel
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 573-751-3527
Fax: 573-522-4881

Cynthia Quetsch
Legal Counsel
Office of Special Education
Phone: 573-751-5739

Kris Morrow
Legal Counsel
Office of Adult Learning and Rehabilitation Services
Phone: 573-751-3251

Constance Rush
Director of Legislative Outreach
Phone:  573-751-1394

 

Mailing Address:

Office of General Counsel and Governmental Affairs
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Street Address:

6th Floor, Jefferson Building
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101