About MDE

Tom Melcher

Tom Melcher is the Director of the Program Finance Division at the Minnesota Department of Education. The Division provides support to state policy-makers in developing and evaluating education finance policy; implements the state’s pre K-12 education finance program by determining state aid entitlements and property tax levy limitations for local education agencies; maintains the state’s Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS), Minnesota Automated Reporting for Students System (MARSS) and Electronic Data Reporting System (EDRS) for special education data; administers agency programs relating to school facilities, pupil transportation, and school district organization; and provides financial management assistance to local education agencies.

Tom has 27 years of experience in the Program Finance Division at the Department. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Florida. Before joining the Department, Tom worked as a research analyst with the Institute for Education Finance at the University of Florida, and was an assistant business manager with the Collier County, Florida Public Schools.