Johnny Key

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Policy and Legislative Services


The Office of Policy and Legislative Services includes the director of Policy and Special Projects and the director of Legislative Services.

The Policy and Special Projects Director is responsible for a specific project or projects within the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The responsibilities include planning, budgeting, and documenting all aspects of specific projects important to education policy in Arkansas. The Director works closely with ADE leadership to ensure the scope and direction of each project is on schedule, is clear and concise, and matches the vision and goals of the ADE and Arkansas educators.
During the 2016-2017 School year, the Project Director led the ADE’s work on the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) and has begun work on the Professional Learning Communities Pilot Project.

The Director of Legislative Services coordinates Department legislative activities during the General Assembly with regard to proposed legislation and bill analysis and serves as liaison between the Arkansas State Legislature, the Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research and the Arkansas Department of Education.  She attends all education-related committee meetings and provides regular updates to the Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner and the Leadership Team. The Director ensures that ADE personnel are in attendance at legislative committee meetings as needed.

For more information, please contact:

Tina Smith, Director of Policy and Special Projects
Arkansas Department  of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 305-A
Little Rock, AR 72201

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