Wisconsin Retired Educators' Association


WREA was organized as the Wisconsin Retired Teachers’ Association (WRTA) in 1951. WRTA was renamed WREA in 1991.  WREA is affiliated with the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), a division of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The Association is governed by a Board of Directors which consists of the officers of the Association, elected district directors representing each of the five regional districts, and the standing committee chairs.  WREA maintains an office in Middleton with its Executive Director, two full time and one part time paid staff. 

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WREA is the only Wisconsin association whose mission is to protect the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) and employs two paid lobbyists.

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Our Mission

The Wisconsin Retired Educators’ Association (WREA), is an issue driven organization dedicated to safeguarding the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS),  preserving public education, and supporting public school educators.

Our Vision

WREA will be the leader in safeguarding retiree interests and engaging active educators.

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WREA has a rich and colorful history of protecting the Wisconsin Retirement System and supporting public education. 

"In 1951 the purpose for organizing was to build a pressure group to get legislation enacted to raise teachers' pensions.  In the formative years, the organization did not realize that the problem of legislation would be with the association for the rest of its life."

(Margaret A. Teuscher, June 30, 1975)  

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