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The 2015 Legislative Session in the Rear-View Mirror

With the adjournment of Montana’s 64th Legislature MREA is now preparing for a full review of the legislation that was passed and the impact that various bills will have on our member schools across our state this summer.

Here’s a quick list of just a few of the objectives that were addressed during the session and which we will be providing detailed information to our members on during our upcoming Summer Conference and Annual Meetings taking place in Billings on June 22nd and 23rd:

  • Inflationary Increases (HB 27) - Over $40 million

  • School Safety Funding (SB 213) Extended with Increased Flexibility for Schools

  • School Bonding Limits (HB 373) increased

  • Privatization - Numerous bills killed

  • 19 Year Old Funding (SB 12) - Big School Funding Bill Killed

  • Digital Academy (HB 162) - Placed on solid footing

  • Oil and Gas Impacts - Numerous bills passed to address these impacts

  • 10-Year Study of K-12 Education (SB 128)


MREA and MSU Announce New Rural Leadership Cohort!

MREA and MSU’s Department of Education are excited to announce that we have teamed up once again to offer a Graduate-Level Leadership Cohort Program designed specifically around the needs of Montana’s rural and smaller schools and the educators serving them.

MREA and MSU will be celebrating the return of this very successful program with a “kick-off” celebration to be held in Bozeman on July 1st. Trustees, administrators and interested educators from across Montana are invited to join us at 6:00 p.m. on the patio of the Bozeman Holiday Inn Express for a casual and fun evening as we celebrate the return of this joint program.

*CLICK HERE to Register for the MREA-MSU Rural Leadership Cohort Kick-Off!!!*


MREA's Summer Conference and Annual Meetings

Billings Petroleum Club - Billings Montana

June 22nd and 23rd

MREA encourages our members to make plans now to attend our Summer Conference and Annual Meetings where our association will be conducting a detailed review  of the 2015 Legislative Session  and the impacts that recently enacted legislation will have on small, rural and independent elementary schools across Montana.

*CLICK HERE to Register for MREA's Summer Conference!!!*



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