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.

Latest News

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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October 22, 2017

State Aid Buying Power Erodes for Minnesota Schools

October 7, 2017

60 Minnesota School Districts to Hold Referendums

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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November 5, 2017

Jump Start to School Readiness and Teacher Needs Top Legislative Priorities

August 6, 2017

School Readiness Plus Districts Announced

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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November 8, 2017

Referendum Pass Rate Improves in Greater Minnesota, Lags Metro

October 26, 2017

New, Permanent Ag2School Tax Credit Takes Effect

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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October 22, 2017

MREA Members Share Input on 2018 Legislative Platform

October 6, 2017

New State Educator Board to Meet This Week

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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October 22, 2017

Students Conduct Research in New Chamber Classroom

October 22, 2017

Students Create Cutting Edge Products in Fab Lab

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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September 24, 2017

State ESSA Plan Submitted; Learn More

September 9, 2017

Greater Minnesota Student Achievement Improves

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