Birch School http://ripr.org en Attorney Denies Wrongdoing at Disability Employment Nonprofit http://ripr.org/post/attorney-denies-wrongdoing-disability-employment-nonprofit <div style="margin:0;"><br><p></p><p>The attorney for the former head of an agency that allegedly had disabled people working for less than minimum wage maintains his client did nothing wrong.</p><p>John Cicilline says he has received paperwork from the U.S. Justice Department relating to John Capobianco, Sr. and his nonprofit company Training Through Placement, but he said yesterday he had not yet had time to review it.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:27:48 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 16830 at http://ripr.org Providence Mayor “Outraged” by Justice Dept. Probe at Birch School http://ripr.org/post/providence-mayor-outraged-justice-dept-probe-birch-school <p>Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he is “outraged and saddened” by the findings of a Federal Justice Department investigation, alleging civil rights violations in a program for disabled students.</p><p>In a written statement, Taveras says the program, which ran for two decades at the Birch Vocational School inside Mt. Pleasant High School, failed its most vulnerable students. The city is looking into pursuing criminal charges.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 15:57:09 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 16781 at http://ripr.org