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Governmental Affairs

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 Rehabiliatative Services.

Contact Information

Mark Allan VanZandt

General Counsel

Email: counsel@dese.mo.gov

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 Rehabilitative Services

Phone:  573-751-3251

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