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The Minnesota State School League canceled a meeting with a group of disability lawyers and advocates after Whistleblower wrote an article about the challenges that parents of children with mental health or learning disabilities face when challenging the league's transfer policy.
The meeting was meant to help give the league and its attorneys a better understanding of the law and how it pertains to the league, attorney Andrea Jepsen with the School Law Center said. Now, she said, the league is opening itself up to a lawsuit.
"It’s a strange position to take, particularly for a state agency, particularly given the potential expense to the state in litigating the matter, and greater expense if it loses," Jepsen said in an e-mail Monday. "The League doesn't like to be pushed, so the article seems to have worked them into a real snit."
The meeting was in the final stages of being scheduled among the league's attorneys and Minnesota Disability Law Center, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, and the School Law Center, but was canceled by the league "in light of the media intervention," Joseph Kelly, the league's attorney, said in an e-mail to the organizations.
Kelly told Whistleblower that league plans to have discussions with other advocacy groups but would not say which ones.
Read Sunday's Whistleblower story here.
If you turned on Android’s “Brightest Flashlight” app, your location information may have been shared with third-party advertisers.
The Federal Trade Commission said last week that an Idaho company, Goldenshores Technologies, LLC, and its manager Erik Geidl did not tell consumers it was sharing their geolocation data. The app was downloaded “tens of millions of times,” according to the FTC.
The FTC said the company “deceived consumers by presenting them with an option to not share their information, even though it was shared automatically rendering the option meaningless.”
The company reached a settlement with the FTC last week where it agreed to delete all the data collected and tell consumers how their data will be used.
Minnesota may have a large number of residents registered on the National Do Not Call Registry, but that hasn’t stopped the illegal robocalls.
The Federal Trade Commission released its Do Not Call data book Wednesday and found Minnesota had the 8th highest registry enrollment in the country. The state also had 969 complaints per 100,000 residents, about average for the nation.
Last week, Whistleblower reported that the FTC had reached a settlement with the final defendants in a “Rachel from Cardholder Services” robocall scam. Some of you called Whistleblower, saying they were still receiving these calls, often many times a day, but from someone named “Lisa.”
Have you complained about unwanted calls to the government? I want to hear from you. Comment below or you can reach me at 612.673.4028 or email@example.com.
Two weeks after the governor demanded changes to the Minnesota Board of Nursing's "attitude and approach" to discipline, the board plans this week to discuss "policy issues" raised by the Star Tribune's coverage of the board's disciplinary actions.
Thursday is the board's first scheduled meeting since the stories began running on Oct. 6, which have reported that the board has allowed nurses to keep their licenses despite serious misconduct, including causing patient harm and sometimes death, stealing drugs from patients, practicing while impaired, and lying about their past misconduct.
The board faces demands from Gov. Mark Dayton that it get tougher on problem nurses. Last month, he called the board "asleep at the switch" and said it needs to change its culture regarding discipline.
The board plans to review its disciplinary process and whether it should meet more often to consider nursing discipline.
The Sikh Coalition is updating its mobile app that allows travelers to report complaints about the Transportation Security Administration from the airport after concerns were raised about the handling of the complaints, according to an article published Wednesday by USA Today.
The Coalition is updating its FlyRights app to forward each complaint to the traveler’s U.S. House member and both senators, in addition to the TSA, to ensure that the complaints are being fully investigated.
The Sikh Coalition created the app in April 2012, along with TSA, because of concerns that TSA officials were profiling travelers, particularly Sikhs who often wear turbans.
In addition to basic information, such as name and address, the app asks for the grounds for discrimination, the airport and if the passenger was required to go through extra screening.
The update will also keep a running total of complaints for each airport.
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