Federal E-12 Issues
MREA collaborates with rural education representatives to advocate on behalf of Greater Minnesota schools on a federal level and improve the state of the rural education across America.
MREA each year also personally visits with federal lawmakers in Washington D.C. on key education issues and helps shape the national rural E-12 platform. MREA is a member of the NREAC, a national coalition of state and national organizations advocating for educational opportunities for children who live in the rural areas of the United States.
The NREAC, which MREA is a member of, currently has four key priorities:
- Preserve critical federal funding for rural schools
- Expand and improve federal programs to address teacher shortages in rural communities
- Fully fund IDEA
- Protect rural schools from privatization schemes
Each of these goals fits well within the needs of rural schools in Minnesota.