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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2018 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 5, 2018

Map Shows New School Safety Grants

September 29, 2018

Inflation Outpaces State Aid for Minnesota Schools

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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March 16, 2018

Governor’s Budget Gives Major Nod to E-12 Programs

February 12, 2018

MREA Identifies Key Education Issues for 2018 Legislative Session

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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October 5, 2018

Map Shows New School Safety Grants

September 23, 2018

Nov. 6 Marks Key Date for 45 School Districts in Minnesota

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

Featured Posts
November 3, 2018

MREA Honors Bonnstetter with Distinguished Service Award

November 1, 2018

Watch Awards Ceremony Live Nov. 12

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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July 6, 2018

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

April 5, 2018

College Scholarship, Assistance for Native American Students

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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November 14, 2018

Review of New K-12 Science Education Standards in Minnesota Underway

November 13, 2018

Two Rural Schools Receive State Innovation Award

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