Minnesota Department of Education and student data sharing

With frequency, education policy finds itself at the crossroads of political contention and debate. Last decade, disputes arose over the implementation of federal “No Child Left Behind” requirements. Today, “Common Core” standards have raised similar controversies. While education initiatives are much discussed, the data that underlie them are often not easy to access. Recently, Public Record … Continue reading Minnesota Department of Education and student data sharing

PRM files suit against U.S. Interior Department over mining documents

One year ago in November, Public Record Media submitted requests for mining-related documents to six state and federal agencies under open data laws. One of the six agencies has yet to respond to PRM’s request despite a legal obligation to do so, and despite numerous follow-up communications. “Over the course of a year, we have … Continue reading PRM files suit against U.S. Interior Department over mining documents

PRM to host public records workshop in Saint Cloud, MN

On December 2, 2014, Saint Paul-based non-profit Public Record Media (PRM) will host a Freedom of Information (FOI) workshop at the Great River Regional Library in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. The event will be held in the library’s Mississippi Community Room, and will run from 6:30pm-8:30pm.  The Great River Regional Library is located at 1300 W. … Continue reading PRM to host public records workshop in Saint Cloud, MN

Drones in Minnesota: What We Know

On a remote tarmac, three steel-gray “Predator B” drones sit motionless, awaiting launch. Their tips balloon into metallic bulges that conceal sophisticated navigation and surveillance equipment. Their undercarriages sport pivot-mounted cameras, each capable of rendering detailed images from high in the air. All three surveillance drones are operated by the United States Customs and Border … Continue reading Drones in Minnesota: What We Know

MN Admin Commissioner: OLA must disclose health care audit contracts

Minnesota’s public health care programs are cost-intensive enterprises, utilizing roughly $3 billion in state funds on a bi-annual basis.  These monies flow from the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), to non-profit Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and finally to health care providers for patient care. Just how these funds are utilized by the state – … Continue reading MN Admin Commissioner: OLA must disclose health care audit contracts

Super Bowl 2018: Looking deeper into the bidding process

What promises did Minnesota leaders make to the National Football League in order to secure the 2018 Super Bowl? Since May of this year, PRM has been asking this question via public record requests submitted to the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and several cities. PRM’s investigative process has been covered on our blog, as … Continue reading Super Bowl 2018: Looking deeper into the bidding process

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. “Common Core” project The set of K-12 educational standards known as “Common Core” has become controversial since its announcement in 2010. The standards were originally crafted by the National Governors Association, with … Continue reading PRM updates: Common Core, health program audits

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” … Continue reading St. Paul Super Bowl documents detail snow removal, security considerations