Thursday, October 27, 2016

In the News: Sec of Energy takes a bike ride; School Committee stands against Question 2

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Local residents, town officials and state legislators lobbied for state support in an unusual way: by going on a bike ride. 
The group guided Matthew Beaton, the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, down the town's portion of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) Wednesday afternoon. Their aim was to garner support for a tunnel beneath Prospect Street, which would connect the trail to a wider network of bike paths. 
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, said the group was hoping to convince Beaton to bring its concerns to Gov. Charlie Baker. 
"It's a nice trail all the way, until you get to Prospect Street," he said, estimating that the intersection was about 1.25 miles from the trail's Grove Street entrance. "There, it's a steep climb up - you can't ride it."

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"Citing the town's key role in American public education, the School Committee took a position against a charter-school ballot question in the November election. 
The committee at its meeting Tuesday night voted unanimously against Question 2, a ballot measure that would lift the cap on charter schools in the state. 
Several of those who spoke on the matter mentioned that Franklin is the birthplace of Horace Mann, regarded as the father of public education in the U.S., and that they believed the referendum, if passed, would go against the principles he supported. 
Committee member Anne Bergen said she believed the measure would create schools that were not subject to public oversight."

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trail head parking lot for the SNETT on Grove St

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