TREA was founded in 1992 to improve advocacy for rural schools at the State Board of Education, the Texas State Legislature and the U.S. Congress. This was the outgrowth of a general conception that as the population in rural areas declined decision makers were inclined to overlook the needs of rural schools and their students. and a new voice of advocacy was needed.
As a result, we are especially focused on legislation that directly affects rural schools like school funding formulas and other state policies that tend to be a one size fits all approach and have little relevance to smaller schools. We enjoy cooperating with all like minded groups in that advocacy.
TREA is affiliated with the National Rural Education Association and cooperates with the National Rural Education Coalition as we advocate on the national level for Federal Funding and to ensure that the U.S. Department of Education is aware of unique rural school needs.
TREA is dedicated to developing leadership qualities in rural educators and to improving teaching and learning in the rural schools of. Texas.
We conduct a Summer Conference which contains opportunities to share experiences and ideas that help us address the two most pressing issues in rural Texas.
1. Qualified teacher shortages and
2.The retention of qualified teachers in our rural schools.
At the conference we also share administrative ideas that help rural administrators run their schools with very little staff assistance and we create an environment that gives rural schools an opportunity to network with rural educators across the state.
TREA recently started a Best Practices in Rural Schools Spring Conference with the assistance of the Gates Foundation and our Region Education Service Centers.
Our intent for that Conference is to have a forum where rural schools across the entire state can share with each other their ideas that have been successful for them to improve teaching and learning and the administration of their school districts.
We invite schools who share rural values to join our association.
Remember, our criteria for membership is: “If You Think You Are Rural ---YOU ARE!”