Office of General Counsel

The attorneys of the Office of General Counsel (OGC) provide legal advice and support to the Commissioner of Education, Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) personnel, and the State Special Schools. In addition the OGC speaks at conferences, conventions, and workshops across the state for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and state education and child-focused organizations. Upon request, the OGC will design and provide specific training to meet an agency’s needs. OGC attorneys do not represent local school districts or the general public, and they will not provide legal advice or services to local school districts or the general public.

Any communication with an OGC attorney in his or her official capacity by a member of the general public or a local school district employee or agent is not privileged and is subject to public release under Tennessee Open Records laws.

Nothing on this page is intended to constitute legal advice; instead all information is for general informational purposes only. Answers to questions depend upon specific facts. Local school districts should always contact their board attorneys for specific legal advice.


Legal Resources Toolkit

Memos from the Office of General Counsel

           Services for Minors Policy       


Required District Training

Which Trainings for Local Education Agencies Are Required by Law?


Top Back to School Legal Questions

Teacher Tenure Law FAQ

Public Schools Fees FAQs Revised May 2022


LEA Waiver Requests

LEA Waiver Request Form


Legal Links

To Access Tennessee Laws:

  1. Go to the Tennessee Code Unannotated Free Public Access page on Lexis Nexis
  2. Agree to the Terms & Conditions
  3. At the top of the page in the Search field, enter the code number (i.e. 49-1-101) or search by keyword in Title 49.

Office of General Counsel staff may be reached at (615) 741-2921

This Page Last Updated: August 12, 2022 at 9:10 AM