PRM updates: Common Core; health program audits

Public Record Media has several Freedom of Information (FOI) projects underway at present. The following updates relate to our most recent FOI work.

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COMMUNITY VOICES | Faran Rabbani: My letter to President Obama

As part of this great nation’s foreign policy, when injustice takes place in any part of the world, America usually takes a stand.

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Dinkytown and Stadium Village boards evolve, neighborhood interests remain

(Photo by Bill Huntzicker)

When Dinkytown trees get adorned with brand-new strings of twinkling lights, it’s because appointed representatives for the area made a request to improve the neighborhood’s aesthetic appeal and visibility.

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The free lesson in MnSCU's $2M consulting contract

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities’ recently announced a $2 million contract with consulting group McKinsey & Company to assist with a system-wide initiative, Charting the Future. The contract made headlines when Chancellor Steve Rostenstone did not mention McKinsey or the contract after a student asked about the cost of the initiative. Additionally, Rosenstone did not update the Board of Trustees on the contract agreement.

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St. Paul Super Bowl documents detail snow removal, security considerations

In May of this year, Minneapolis was selected as the host city for the 2018 Super Bowl game, after a coordinated bidding process that involved local corporate leaders, municipal officials, and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA). The formal bid for the event has been withheld from public records requests by the MSFA as "nonpublic" data under the Minnesota Data Practices Act. Consequently, the full scope of the public's obligations to provide financial and material support to the event remain unclear.

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University of Minnesota development official set to transition to City of Minneapolis post

Craig Taylor, director of the University of Minnesota Office for Business and Community Economic Development and Business Technology Center, poses for a portrait at his office in the University Office Plaza on July 11, 2014. Taylor was nominated by Mayor Betsy Hodges to be the next director of the city’s Community Planning & Economic Development Department. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

A University of Minnesota leader could soon be moving his 15 years of community development expertise from campus to Minneapolis City Hall, a shift that he said will foster a stronger bond between the two institutions.

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Minnesota ends budget year on a high note

Minnesota ended the recent budget year stronger than expected, according to preliminary analysis from Minnesota Management & Budget.

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Turning defeat into victory: Carri Jones learned from her first election loss and now leads Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Women chair four of the 11 federally recognized Indian tribes in Minnesota. Carri Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, is one of them.

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Shifts in policy signal major changes for Minneapolis housing enforcement

I'm not sure if I'm dreaming and someone needs to pinch me, or maybe I'm in the Bizarro Universe where everything is the opposite of what it seems. But I recently attended a community forum put together by 5th Ward Council Member Blong Yang around city housing and regulatory services policies, and I left with nothing critical to say.

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