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.

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
April 18, 2021

Public Safety Takes Main Stage With Only Four Weeks Left

April 11, 2021

House and Senate Bring Differing Omnibus Bills

All Funding Student Needs

Early Learning

Featured Posts
February 20, 2021

Screen Time, Safe Schools Revenue Focus in Senate

February 14, 2020

Legislature Picks Up Pace, Sets Policy Agenda Early

All Early Learning

Facility Fallout

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October 19, 2020

48 Minnesota School Districts Have Referendums on Nov. 3 Ballot

July 20, 2020

Special Session Continues: School Levy Equalization

All Facility Fallout

Quality Teachers

Featured Posts
March 7, 2021

New Teacher Licensure Requirements Reviewed

February 26, 2021

Equity in Education Conversations in Senate

All Quality Teachers

Career & College Readiness

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March 7, 2021

Senate: Outside Group Access to Schools

August 12, 2020

MREA Schools Gain Key OnToCollege Resources

All Career & College Readiness

Student Opportunity Gaps

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March 26, 2021

School May Not Be Out for the Summer

March 19, 2021

Legislation Aims to Expand Civics and Economic Education 

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