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

Featured Posts
October 7, 2017

60 Minnesota School Districts to Hold Referendums

June 23, 2017

School Leaders Stand Up for Kids in Medicaid Debate

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

Featured Posts
August 6, 2017

School Readiness Plus Districts Announced

June 23, 2017

Impact of the Legislative Session At a Glance

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

Featured Posts
September 24, 2017

Resources and Opportunities for Cooperative Facilities in Greater Minnesota

May 31, 2017

Governor Signs Tax, E-12 Bills with Key Education Provisions

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

Featured Posts
October 6, 2017

New State Educator Board to Meet This Week

June 24, 2017

Apply for State Educator Licensing, Standards Board

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

Featured Posts
September 24, 2017

Next Steps for PSEO and Concurrent Enrollment for Schools

September 23, 2017

Baylor to Speak on Giving Students a Why

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

Featured Posts
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