The Maple River Education Coalition (MREdCo) was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit organization by Renee T. Doyle. At the time, Doyle was a school board member of the Maple River School District in south central Minnesota. She began researching federal and state documents regarding a controversial new system of education, the Profile of Learning, taking hold in Minnesota. Doyle learned this "revolutionary" system was being implemented in every state in the nation, only under different names, such as Portraits of Learning. She learned the new system drastically changed the purpose of education from providing children with a broad-based academic foundation to providing entry-level job skills, in compliance with the 1994 federal Goals 2000: Educate America Act and the School-to-Work Opportunities Act. She and a handful of concerned parents grew into a statewide organization of parents, students, teachers, school board members, business owners and other involved citizens who operated an entirely volunteer organization.
Since its founding, the organization has mushroomed to include members from across the nation. People rely on MREdCo's accurate, well-researched e-mail updates regarding new education developments. They look to the MREdCo website to learn about the history of the radical restructuring of our nation's education system.
MREdCo hired an Executive Director on January of 2001 to better meet the challenges of informing the public about the education and workforce system rapidly developing around the nation. MREdCo has become nationally-recognized as an authoritative source of facts regarding the nationšs new education system. Its speakers have been featured on many premiere news organizations. Its researchers have provided substantive research for federal and state lawmakers and their staff. In Sept. 2001, MrEdCo sponsored its first National Education Conference, drawing a over 350 parents, school board members, teachers, lawmakers and school administrators regarding Americašs new education system.
In August of 2003, MREdCo changed its name to EdWatch to more accurately reflect the organization's growing national influence.
To see exactly what EdWatch has done in just a few short years, review the extensive EdWatch Action Timeline covering 2001 - 2004.