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Administrative Rule Review

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) strives to prepare every child to succeed in school and in life. DESE is committed to improving its departmental efficiency and operational effectiveness to ensure its capacity to work toward that goal. Recognizing that communicating administrative rules is one of DESE’s primary operational tools, DESE completed a general review of its administrative rules in 2016 in accordance with Section 536.175, RSMo.

Pursuant to Executive Order 17-03, DESE is complementing the general review with a review of chapters that include regulatory restrictions to ensure they follow best practices and do not adversely affect Missourians. In addition to this comments page, DESE held public hearings on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, and on Friday, August 18, 2017, in Jefferson City. 

We will be soliciting public comments for 60 days after the July 18 public hearing. 

Division 10 - Commissioner of Education
Principal Responsibilities

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (department) is organized under the State Board of Education (board) and serves in an administrative, supervisory, and leadership role as provided by the constitution, statute, and board policy.

Responsibility for policymaking and general oversight of public education rests with the board. The board consists of eight (8) persons who are appointed by the governor for eight (8)-year terms. 

Division 20 - Division of Learning Services
Principal Responsibilities

The Division of Learning Services is responsible for all of the department’s activities related to educational success of students, educators, and schools. 

The division offices include Quality Schools, College and Career Readiness, Special Education, Educator Quality, Adult Learning and Rehabilitative Services and Data System Management

Division 30 - Division of Financial and Administrative Services
Principal Responsibilities

The Division of Financial and Administrative Services is responsible for distributing all federal and state funds to local school districts and other agencies that provide education-related services.  The division assists local school officials with budgeting, audits, and the reporting of financial statistics, both state and federal.  The division also provides assistance with school administrative and governance issues.  Other personnel in this division administer the federally-funded school lunch and breakfast programs.  This division also manages the department's internal business operations, such as accounting and procurement, budget, and human resources.

Division 100 - Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Principal Responsibilities

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing works with individuals, service providers, businesses, organizations, and state agencies to improve the lives and opportunities of all Missourians with hearing loss.

Division 110 - Missouri Assistive Technology Advisory Counsel
Principal Responsibilities

Programs and initiatives of Missouri Assistive Technology are directed by the Missouri Assistive Technology Council, which was established by state statute in 1993.

The Council is charged to serve as an advocate for policies, regulations and programs to establish a consumer-responsive, comprehensive assistive technology service delivery system. The Council meets at least four times a year, reports annually to the Governor and the general assembly on Council activities to increase access to assistive technology, and provides programmatic direction for all activities and services.

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Mail in comments to:
Governmental Affairs
Administrative Rules Review
205 Jefferson St.
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Fax comments to 573-522-4881