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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MREA changed the education and legislative landscapes in 1985 when it formed to bring a unified voice for rural education at the Capitol.


2019-20 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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May 22, 2020

New Map & Analysis on Broadband Need for Minnesota Students

May 22, 2020

Legislature Prepares for Ongoing Operations in 2020

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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February 14, 2020

Legislature Picks Up Pace, Sets Policy Agenda Early

January 3, 2020

Congress Approves $1.4 Billion Education Funding Increase

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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April 16, 2020

Some Rural Schools Proceed with Referendums

February 9, 2020

What to Expect as 2020 Legislative Session Begins

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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May 22, 2020

Larson Named Finalist for National Rural Teacher of Year

May 8, 2020

Legislative Session Ends in One Week: What’s Happening

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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February 23, 2020

New State Science Requirements Proposed

October 11, 2019

State Hosts Public Hearings on Minnesota CTE Act

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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May 21, 2020

Minnesota’s 2020 Legislative Outcomes for Schools

May 14, 2020

New MDE Guidance on Summer Programming

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