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
March 16, 2017

Senate Proposes 2% Increase on Basic Ed Formula

March 12, 2017

New FAIR Proposal Provides Funding with Incentive

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

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March 19, 2017

Building an Early Learning System

January 20, 2017

Committee Reviews Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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March 4, 2017

The Reality Behind the $1.65 Billion State Budget Surplus

February 11, 2017

MREA Testifies on Impact of Ag2School

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

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March 17, 2017

House Approves New LIFO Legislation

March 10, 2017

Bills Presented on New Teacher Board, Enhanced Small Schools Revenue

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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February 10, 2017

Service Coop Could Receive $5 Million Grant for Career & Tech Ed

February 3, 2017

Career and Tech Ed Reforms Proposed

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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March 18, 2017

Educators Testify in Support of New FAIR Program

March 5, 2017

Increasing Reading Proficiency: Which Method Works?

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