MREA completed this past week its annual member meetings across the state to gain input to draft a legislative platform for the 2018 session. During these meetings, MREA also shared this newly released short video on its work.

The MREA Board of Directors will bring a legislative platform of issues for review and approval in November at the Annual Meeting.

View issue report outlining the issues at a glance.

Download slide deck with more details and data.

The issue report addresses the following high priority funding needs and policy concerns of Greater Minnesota schools:

  • School Operational Gaps
    A conservative growth of 2 percent and 2 percent on the formula would require more than $370 million in the 2020-21 biennium. Only $29 million is projected for all state spending.
  • Attracting and Retaining Teachers
    A teacher crisis is growing across Greater Minnesota as more school districts face a severely shrinking pool of applicants and increased di„fficulty in finding qualified teachers. That has le…ft positions unfilled and led to program.
  • Coordinated Early Learning
    While there’s wide support for early learning and preschool students receiving public preschool education of some type, Minnesota has yet to figure out a statewide approach to deliver high-quality preschool education.
  • Cooperative Facilities
    Greater Minnesota school districts lack funding mechanisms and need statutory clarity to build, remodel and maintain cooperative facilities for students with high needs.

View issue report outlining the issues at a glance.

Download slide deck with more details and data.with more details and data.

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