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 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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July 3, 2019

New Report Shows Wide Income Gap in Minnesota

June 21, 2019

Map Shows Disparity in Operating Revenue Per Pupil in Minnesota

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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July 3, 2019

New Maps Show Impact of Ag2School Tax Credit

June 25, 2019

Greater Minnesota Lags Metro by 51% in School District Wealth

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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April 17, 2019

Research: Relationship Building Key to Student Success

April 10, 2019

PELSB Releases Second Draft of Possible Changes

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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March 22, 2019

Bills Presented to Expand Career & Technical Education

July 6, 2018

Minnesota Students Benefit from $100 Million in Free College Credit Courses

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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May 5, 2019

Legislative Conference Committees Begin Work

April 28, 2019

Legislators Prepare for Conference Committee

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