MREA Celebrates 35 Years

The Minnesota Rural Education Association celebrated its 35th anniversary Nov. 17–19 at their annual statewide conference. 
 
MREA is the only advocate exclusively for greater Minnesota education. Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers and community members, MREA focuses on what puts learners first to bring about our best possible future.
 
Several superintendents and service cooperative directors were founders involved in the MREA movement. Superintendents Harold Remme from Tracy, Jerry Jensen from Goodhue, Virgil Likeness from Appleton/Madison and Pat Mohan from Amboy-Good Thunder played key roles in MREA development. 
 
In addition to superintendent involvement, several Minnesota service cooperative directors joined the initiative. They included Du Wayne Balken from Fergus Falls, Glen Shaw from Marshall, Dean Swanson from Rochester and Les Martisko from Mankato.
 
MREA built its membership to 150 school districts within the first two years with a common focus on fairness of funding for schools of all sizes. Collective membership gave the organization more political clout.
 
Today, MREA serves 229 school districts including 225,000 students. The November conference enjoyed attendance of nearly 500 educators.

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