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Office of the General Counsel

The mission of the office of the general counsel (OGC) is to provide legal services to the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) for the day to day operation of the agency as well as guidance and legal training to assist TDOE and local education agencies (LEA) in the implementation of programs and services for Tennessee students.

Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. §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 OGC 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.

For information about Civil Rights and bullying, please visit our page for the Office of Civil Rights.

Laws, Rules and Policies


Power of Attorney (POA) for the Care of a Minor Child

  • The statutes regarding POA can be located at the Michie's Legal Resources website under Title 34 Guardianship
  • POA Form download Word file download pdf file
  • POA Revocation download Word file download pdf file

To find Tennessee laws

  1. Go to the Michie's Legal Resources website.
  2. On the left side,choose Tennessee Code
  3. At the top of the page in the Search field, type in the code number (i.e. 49-1-101) and press the enter key. Click on the Code number you searched for. The Education section of the Code is in Title 49. For further searching, you can also search for laws on other subject areas (i.e. attendance, teacher, transportation) by putting the words in the search field.

Contact Information

OGC Staff may be reached at (615) 741-2921.

Position Name Email
General Counsel Christy Ballard
Administrative Assistant Vacant  
Director of Office for Civil Rights Peachie Jones
Assistant General Counsel for Special Education Bill Wilson
Compliance Consultant for Special Education Kay Flowers
Director of Contracts Kristen McKeever