Periodic ‘Briefings’ are sent to audiences all across the state depending in the topic(s) and the need for a possible response from the field. If you are interested in receiving emails of General Interest, Click here and sign-up. You have full control over receiving or not receiving any MREA email contact list you have signed up for. Communications from MREA are typically detailed e-mail and internet-based updates of current issues affecting rural schools across our state are provided to members.
State and National Representation
MREA represents Montana’s small and rural schools at both the state and national level. Although we are perhaps most visible to our members through the state office in Helena. MREA has partnered with the Montana Small School Alliance (MSSA) to become co-state affiliates of NREA and is also a member of the National Rural Education Advocacy Coalition (NREAC) which is the national legislative arm of NREA and affiliated with AASA. MREA leadership is at the table for state level legislative issues, topics from the Board of Public Education, working with the Office of Public Instruction, connecting with the Office Commissioner of Higher Education, collaborating with the Montana Council of Deans of Education, and maintaining a relationship with the Governor’s Office. We are also in regular contact with Montana’s Congressional Delegation representing the needs and issues that do or may impact small and rural schools that originate in our nations Capitol.
Through a unique MREA partnership, specialized experience in school law is available as a legal counsel option for MREA members. Not only is legal counsel provided representing the state association, but it is also available to individual schools on an optional basis.
MREA is happy to endorse the MSPLIP program which continues to be the leader in school insurance in Montana, currently serving over 220 school districts in the state. For the past 19 years, their mission has been to provide the most comprehensive and competitive property and liability program for Montana schools. They carefully studies the insurance needs of Montana schools and has an entire staff dedicated to assisting members to ensure proper insurance coverage. The program offers many services to help schools manage and prevent future insurance claims.
MREA is proud to endorse the MUST Insurance Programs and Services. At Montana Unified School Trust (MUST) their purpose is to support the kids in our state. They do this through providing health insurance solutions to our dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff so they can concentrate on what they do best – teaching and supporting the youth in Montana communities.