In Mendota Heights, secrecy kills careers
There's good reason for data privacy laws in Minnesota, though city and school officials around the state have often appeared to use them to hide behind while settling scores, unaccountable to the people. Popular school superintendents, for example, have been fired for no apparent reason. Local boards have given big payouts to employees to go away, city employees are fired and we're none the wiser why. Maybe there were good reasons; maybe there weren't. Secrets must be kept, the law says. The public has a right to know except when it doesn't.