The only advocate exclusively for Greater Minnesota schools.

Under the leadership of school board members, administrators, teachers and community members, MREA focuses on advancing the education, growth, and development of learners in rural areas to bring about our best possible future.

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2016-2017 Key Issues

Get the latest news on the issues affecting Greater Minnesota schools and efforts to bring about positive change in the lives of students. Together, we can make a difference.

Funding Student Needs

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November 18, 2016

MREA Membership Adopts 2017 Legislative Platform

November 10, 2016

Election Results: Impact and Next Steps

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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August 9, 2016

Voluntary Pre-K Funding Supports MREA Members

July 22, 2016

184 Districts Apply for New Voluntary Pre-K Program

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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October 17, 2016

A Facility Vision that Really Brings in Community

August 21, 2016

Missed Opportunities: No Special Session

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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November 19, 2016

Annual Conference Speakers Inspire, Engage

September 11, 2016

Educator of Excellence Ignites Learning Outdoors

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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October 21, 2016

New Program Increases ACT Scores at Springfield

October 9, 2016

New Developments in Concurrent Enrollment Change

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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October 23, 2016

International Immigration in Rural Minnesota Impacts Schools

September 23, 2016

Conference Sessions to Address Student Success

All Student Opportunity Gaps

I am very happy that we became a member of MREA. I am impressed, in particular, with the webinars that update us on what is happening at the capitol. It is apparent we have a great lobbyist in Sam. I appreciate your responsiveness to concerns that I have had in the short time I have been with MREA.

Bob IndiharSuperintendent, Moose Lake Schools

I love your information. I can glance at it on my mobile and read just the little bit to be informed. That’s all the time I have for. If it were longer, I wouldn’t read it.

Lori DudleyBoard Member, Worthington Schools

As school leaders, we appreciate your constant efforts to communicate what is happening at the State Capitol. You help us understand when we should contact legislators with concerns from the superintendents of public schools, when to express concerns, and when to thank them for what they accomplished. Minnesota superintendents have come to depend on MREA, your leadership, and thoughtful guidance.

James HessSuperintendent, Bemidji Area Schools

If someone would have told me a couple of months ago that we would see so many of the bills affecting rural schools pass through all these hurdles, I would have been shocked. Your advocacy has made this happen and I appreciate your efforts.

Bryan ThygesonSuperintendent, Dilworth-Glyndon- Felton School District

I want to express my profound gratitude to MREA for promoting this new [LTFM] revenue source. I think your work and the resulting legislation are exemplars of grownup governance.
Keep it up!

Phil GrantSuperintendent, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley