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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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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December 5, 2019

State Budget Surplus for 2020: What It Means for Schools

October 18, 2019

Education Priorities as Congress Convenes

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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January 12, 2019

Legislative Session Begins with New Era of Leadership, First Set of Bills

January 3, 2019

Voluntary Pre-K Applications Due Jan. 30

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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November 6, 2019

Ag2School Provides Support for School Facility Bonds

November 6, 2019

School Referendum Pass Rate Increases in Rural Minnesota

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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November 16, 2019

MREA Honors Kovash, Bradbury with Distinguished Service Award

October 31, 2019

McGee Brings Unexpected Opportunities to Students

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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October 11, 2019

State Hosts Public Hearings on Minnesota CTE Act

September 6, 2019

State Grants for Teaching Concurrent Enrollment Available

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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November 28, 2019

MREA Members Get Computer Science Series Free

November 1, 2019

Two Schools Receive Innovation Award for Programs

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