Providing Legal Services and Guidance

The department's Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services for the day to day operation of the agency as well as guidance and legal training to assist the department and local education agencies (LEAs) in the implementation of programs and services for Tennessee students.

Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated §49-1-201(c) (5), the commissioner of education is required to ensure that school laws and the regulations of the Tennessee State Board of Education are faithfully executed. The General Counsel advises the commissioner of education and TDOE personnel as well as the superintendents of the four state special schools on all legal issues.

While LEAs must consult their local school board attorney for specific legal advice, the OGC regularly assists in the implementation and enforcement of Tennessee’s education laws and regulations by providing legal technical assistance to local school board attorneys, other state agency staff, legislators, LEA officials, teachers and the general public by providing the TDOE’s position on school related laws and regulations.  In addition, the OGC speaks at conferences, conventions and workshops across the state for LEAs and state education and child focused organizations.  Upon request, the OGC will design and provide specific training to meet an agency’s needs.

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Last Update: May 1, 2014