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Kathleen N. Straus

Mike P. Flanagan   Superintendent of Public Instruction
Natasha Baker   Deputy Superintendent, Education Services/State School Reform and Redesign Office
Susan Broman   Deputy Superintendent, Office of Great Start
Venessa Keesler   Deputy Superintendent, Accountability Services
Kyle Guerrant   Deputy Superintendent
Martin Ackley   Office of Public and Governmental Affairs
Lisa Brewer Walraven   Office of Child Development and Care
Vacant   Office of Early Childhood Education & Family Services
Patty Cantu   Office of Career & Technical Education
Linda Foward   Office of Improvement and Innovation
Daniel Hanrahan   State Aid and School Finance
Teri Johnson Chapman   Office of Special Education
Marla Moss   Office of School Support Services
Vacant   Office of Professional Preparation and Certification Services
Jane Schultz    Office of Financial Management
Joetta Parker    Office of Human Resources
Mike Radke   Office of Field Services
Kaitlin Ferrick   Head Start-State Collaboration Office
Vacant   Office of Education Technology & Data Coordination


Mike P. Flanagan

State Superintendent


Mike P. Flanagan

The Superintendent of Public Instruction is appointed by and responsible to the State Board of Education, which is elected at-large on a partisan basis.  The Superintendent sits on Governor's Cabinet, the State Administrative Board, and acts as chair and a non-voting member of the State Board of Education.  The Superintendent advises the Legislature on education policy and funding needs, as defined by the State Board of Education. The Superintendent is responsible for the implementation of bills passed by the Legislature and policies established by the State Board of Education.  
Natasha Baker

Deputy Supt for Education Services / State School Reform and Redesign Office

Natasha Baker

The Deputy Superintendent for Education Services is responsible for the implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). To be in compliance with NCLB, the Deputy Superintendent focuses on teaching and learning for all of Michigan's educational community, particularly in the areas of accreditation, accountability, school restructuring, and high priority schools. This position assists the State Superintendent by serving as a member of the Superintendent's leadership team and advising on matters of education policy. This position also directs the activities and provides leadership and supervision for the department's offices.

  • Education Improvement and Innovation
  • Field Services
  • Special Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Identification of Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools
  • Notification of school boards/public school academy authorizers with PLAs
  • Review of redesign plans
  • Notification to school boards/PSA authorizers of Plan Approval/Disapproval
  • Monitoring of redesign plans
  • Establishment of the Reform/Redesign District comprised of schools whose plans were disapproved, and those schools not making significant growth toward student achievement
Susan Broman

Deputy Superintendent, Office of Great Start

Susan Broman
The Office of Great Start, created by Executive Order No. 2011-8, consolidates early childhood programs and resources under a single agency in an effort to maximize child outcomes, reduce duplication and administrative overhead, and reinvests resources into quality improvement and service delivery. The new office will refocus the state's early childhood investment, policy and administrative structures by adopting a single set of early childhood outcomes.

The initial programs/services that have been brought together in the Office of Great Start are the: Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services, Head Start State Collaboration Office, and the Office of Child Development and Care. Both the Office of Child Development and Care and the Head Start State Collaboration Office were previously housed in the Department of Human Services.
Kyle Guerrant

Deputy Superintendent, Administrative Services

Kyle Guerrant
The Deputy Superintendent for Administrative and Support Services, provides leadership and supervision for: Grants, Coordination & School Support Services; Financial Management; State Aid and School Finance; Administrative Law & Federal Relations; Audit Functions; and Information Technology

The Deputy Superintendent so coordinates collaborative efforts with other state government agencies, serves as the department's emergency management coordinator, oversees the department's responsibilities for school construction, and provides leadership for educational policy initiatives.
Venessa Keesler

Deputy Superintendent, Accountability Services

Venessa Keesler
The Deputy Superintendent for Accountability Services is responsible for developing and administering assessment and accountability programs comprised of five programs. Michigan Educational Assessment Program and the Merit Examination, Assessment of Students with Disabilities, Assessment of English Language Learners, Accreditation / Accountability, National Assessment of Education progress. This position also directs the activities and provides leadership and supervision for the department's Offices of

- Standards and Assessment
- Evaluation, Strategic Research, and Accountability
- Accountability Business Operations
- Systems, Psychometrics, and Measurement Research
- Professional Preparation Services
Martin Ackley

Office of Public and Governmental Affairs

Martin Ackley

The Office of Public and Governmental Affairs is the official source of news, information and outreach involving Michigan Department of Education and State Board of Education programs, policies and initiatives, as well as the liaison between the department and state and federal legislators.


Office of Early Childhood Education & Family Services

  The Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Services manages the Michigan School Readiness Program (state prekindergarten program for four-year-old children at-risk of school failure), parent education and involvement programs, Early On (Part C of IDEA), early childhood special education programs (Part B of IDEA), the Even Start Family Literacy Program, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and other federal and state programs, as well as providing assistance and consultation to programs serving children birth through age 8 (grade 3).
Patty Cantu

Office of Career & Technical Education

Patty Cantu
The Office of Career and Technical Education oversees high school instructional programs that teach students skills in a specific career cluster.  Most programs offer early college credit opportunities to provide a seamless transition to postsecondary education.  The mission of the office is to prepare students so they have the necessary academic, technical, and work behavior skills to enter, compete, and advance in education and their careers.
Kaitlin Ferrick 

Head Start-State Collaboration Office

  The Head Start-State Collaboration Office (HSSCO) is charged with facilitating and enhancing coordination and collaboration between Head Start agencies and other state and local entities that provide comprehensive services designed to benefit all low-income children from birth to age five and their families, as well as pregnant women. HSSCO is responsible for assisting in the building of early childhood systems including access to comprehensive services, encourage wide spread collaboration with appropriate programs and services, and facilitate the involvement of Head Start in policy and planning efforts that affect the Head Start target population and other low-income families.
Linda Forward

Office of Education Improvement and Innovation

Linda Forward
  • High School reform
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Public School Academies
  • High Priority Schools
  • School Improvement
  • Educational Options (dual enrollment, alternative education, advanced placement, international baccalaureate)
  • Educational Technology (competitive grants for Title II, Part D and other educational technology issues)
Daniel Hanrahan

Office of State Aid and School Finance

Daniel Hanrahan
Distribution of funds to school districts, guidance on issues of school finance and tax policy, public school district financial accounting, various financing mechanisms available to school districts, and information on pupil accounting statutes and rules, also interpretation, analysis, and coordination of Departmental activities related to the annual development of the State School Aid K-12 budget.
Teri Johnson Chapman

Office of Special Education


The function of the Office of Special Education (OSE) is the general supervision, administration, and funding of special education programs and services for children and youth with disabilities ages 3-21. A free appropriate public education (FAPE) is provided to eligible children according to federal statute and regulations, state statute, administrative rules, and department procedures.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) established two separate age segments for students with special needs. Part B refers to special education services for students ages 3 through 21. Part C refers to early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities from birth to age 3.

Michigan special education services extend from birth through 25 (beyond the federal requirement of 21). Therefore, Michigan's special education services and programs serve eligible students ages birth through 25.

The OSE is tasked with implementing and monitoring Part B improvement plans. The Office of Great Start (OGS), in conjunction with the OSE, manages Part C services through its Early On® program. Some infants and toddlers may be eligible for special education services.

The OSE is made up of four units, administration, program finance, program accounting, and performance reporting, and is also responsible for the Low Incidence Outreach program as well as the Michigan School for the Deaf.


Professional Preparation and Certification Services

  The Office of Professional Preparation Services (OPPS) fosters the educational achievement of all Michigan youth and adults, Pre-K through 12th grade, by assuring that all professional school personnel complete quality preparation and professional development programs which meet standards established by the Michigan Legislature and the State Board of Education.
Marla Moss

Office of School Support Services

Office of School Support Services covers a wide range of topics and programs, including school and summer meals; child and adult care food; free United States Department of Agriculture commodity food distribution; coordinated school health and safety; pupil transportation; educational technology (educational technology plans, technology literacy standards, and e-rate); and grant procurement and distribution. Please explore our website for in-depth coverage of these topics. Please feel free to contact our staff, should you require additional information.
Joetta Parker

Office of Human Resources

Joetta Parker
The mission of the Office of Human Resources is to provide quality, customer focused services to the Department of Education in support of its staffing, development and human resource management needs which are necessary for achieving the State Board's goal for Michigan education.
Mike Radke

Office of Field Services

Mike Radke
  • Title I, Part A (Improving basic programs);
  • Title I Part C (Education of migratory children);
  • Title I, Part D (Prevention and intervention for delinquent children and youth);
  • Title II, Part A (Teacher and principal training and recruiting);
  • Title II, Part D (Formula grants for technology);
  • Title III (Language acquisition and English language learners)):
  • Title VI, Part B, Subpart 1 (Rural education achievement program)
  • Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2 (Rural and low-income school program);
  • Title X, Part C (McKinney-Vento homeless education assistance)
  • State Section 31 - A (At-risk students)
Jane Schultz

Financial Management

  The Office of Financial Management facilitates the development of the annual agency budget, and provides oversight of Department budgets.  The office is responsible for all accounting and purchasing activities for the Department.   This includes disbursing, recording and reporting grants; collecting revenue; developing and securing federally approved indirect cost rates; and procuring supplies and equipment.

Office of Educational Technology & Data Coordination

  The Office of Educational Technology and Data Coordination is responsible for implementing the states online learning graduation requirement, the Michigan Educational Technology Standards (METS), and accomplishing the eight goals of set forth in the State Board's Educational Technology Plan.

The Office also serves in the vital role of encouraging and coordinating the use of data to drive decision making in schools and at MDE.

Lisa Brewer Walraven

Office of Child Development and Care

  The Office of Child Development and Care works to support economic self-sufficiency and make high-quality care accessible to children in low-income families. To achieve this end, the office supports numerous efforts designed to assess and improve the level of quality across the spectrum of Michigan's early learning and development settings.

This office administers Michigan's federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) dollars and through these funds support:
  • The Child Development and Care (CDC) Program, the state's child care subsidy program.
  • Quality improvement initiatives for early learning and development programs and unlicensed subsidized providers coordinated through the Early Childhood Investment Program.
  • Licensure and monitoring of licensed and registered early learning and development programs.


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