Showing posts with label report. Show all posts
Showing posts with label report. Show all posts

Friday, January 27, 2023

UN Report: "Our world is in a state of fracture – the social contract is broken"

Local Return (@LocalReturnRI) tweeted Thu, Jan 26, 2023:
"There is perhaps no stronger evidence of the pressing need to redesign our global system than the fact that a global health crisis doubled the wealth of the 10 richest men in the world while sending upwards of 120 million people into extreme poverty."
Shared from Twitter ->

Direct link to the full or overview of the report ->

UN Report: "Our world is in a state of fracture – the social contract is broken"
UN Report: "Our world is in a state of fracture – the social contract is broken"

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Franklin Police begin publishing a "weekly recap" for more details than the daily information logs provide

Starting this week, we will be posting a “Weekly Recap” which details our weekly calls for service in more depth than our traditional public information daily logs.  
The attached google drive link has the Weekly Recap from January 1st – January 7th:
Not all calls for service are documented in this recap. A full list of our calls can be found at:
Shared from Facebook ->

Franklin Police begin publishing a "weekly recap" for more details than the daily information logs provide
Franklin Police begin publishing a "weekly recap" for more details than the daily information logs provide

Sunday, January 8, 2023

"the combined pressure of drought and overconsumption is proving to be more than it can bear"

"Without dramatic cuts to water consumption, Utah’s Great Salt Lake is on track to disappear within five years, a dire new report warns, imperiling ecosystems and exposing millions of people to toxic dust from the drying lake bed.

The report, led by researchers at Brigham Young University and published this week, found that unsustainable water use has shrunk the lake to just 37 percent of its former volume. The West’s ongoing megadrought — a crisis made worse by climate change — has accelerated its decline to rates far faster than scientists had predicted.

But current conservation measures are critically insufficient to replace the roughly 40 billion gallons of water the lake has lost annually since 2020, the scientists said."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Access the report directly at ->   

Follow up on Supreme Court report "What Went Unsaid in the Chief Justice’s Report on the Judiciary"


“A judicial system cannot and should not live in fear,” Chief Justice Roberts added as he thanked Congress for passing a law last year to protect judges. The new law was named in honor of Daniel Anderl, the son of Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey, who was murdered in 2020 in an assault meant for the judge at her home. The law screens from the public the personal information of federal judges and their families, including identifiers such as license plate numbers and addresses. Leaders like the chief justice deserve praise when they highlight the dangers all public officials now face.

Focusing on the Brown decision was nonetheless surprising. After all, the court appears poised to reverse a decision upholding affirmative action in school admissions, one of the very remedies that the Brown decision spawned, and which all nine members of the court stood squarely behind in 1954 and reaffirmed in a subsequent case in 1958.

In past years, the chief justice sometimes used his year-end report to describe substantive reforms in the federal courts, like the task force created in 2018 in response to allegations that federal judges had harassed their staffs sexually and in other ways. Not so in his latest report, which was four pages long with a five-page appendix. Chief Justice Roberts did not mention any of the many issues that made the news about the court last year — the lack of an effective recusal requirement for justices whose actions or those of family members raise questions about impartiality, the leak of a draft of the court’s decision overturning abortion rights, the insufficiency of financial disclosure and questions about fund-raising for the Supreme Court Historical Society."

Continue reading the article in the New York Times (subscription may be required)

Thursday, December 1, 2022

"The commission’s report also highlighted the many challenges that stand in the way of decarbonization efforts"

"A COMMISSION that spent the last 11 months studying ways to help the state meet its emissions reduction requirements by shifting to cleaner buildings and addressing heating fuels that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions released its final recommendations Wednesday, but was not able to come to consensus around a timeline for phasing out new fossil fuel heating equipment.

The Commission on Clean Heat’s final report recommends that Massachusetts develop and implement a “clean heat standard” that could incentivize cleaner heating technology and promote the electrification of building stock, encourage joint natural gas and electric system planning, and reorganize existing energy efficiency and clean energy transition programs to be more user-friendly for residents, businesses, and contractors.

The commission’s report attached some urgency to the recommendations. The residential and commercial building sector-specific sublimits established in keeping with the state’s 2021 climate law require a 28 percent reduction in emissions by 2025 and a 47 percent reduction by 2030, all compared to the baseline of 1990 emissions. As of 2020, the commission said, emissions for the residential and commercial buildings sector were 18 percent below 1990 levels."
Continue reading the article online at CommonWealth Magazine ->

Download the full report to review at your leisure

This was mentioned in our recent Making Sense of Climate episode #19. State Rep Jeff Roy was anxiously looking for the report as it was due during November and indeed released on the last day.  Listen to #19 here ->

A heating oil truck makes a delivery in downtown Boston with the old city hall in the background. (Photo by Andy Metzger)
A heating oil truck makes a delivery in downtown Boston with the old city hall in the background. (Photo by Andy Metzger)

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A climate change report card for the world - not good

"Last year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, had the same optimistic energy as the first day of a new school year. The United States — a truant since the nation withdrew from the Paris agreement under President Donald Trump — was back at the table. The cool kids (Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince William, Greta Thunberg) brushed shoulders with the nerds (everyone else). A parade of presidents and prime ministers pledged renewed climate efforts with all the fervor of students promising their parents that this semester would be different.

But that back-to-school energy never lasts. Some of the splashiest COP26 pledges have been derailed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and upheavals in the global economy. Catastrophic climate disasters hampered countries’ abilities to invest in renewable energy and resilient infrastructure, even as they exposed the urgency of preparing for a warmer world.

There are also some glimmers of hope on the horizon: The United States finally passed significant climate legislation to speed the transition away from fossil fuels. Global renewable energy investments are starting to outpace fossil fuel spending."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Saturday, October 29, 2022

Superintendent’s Report to School Committee - October 25, 2022

I want to wish our families who celebrate Diwali a safe and festive holiday. Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights," is recognized as India's biggest holiday and takes place over the course of five days. The festival occurs annually each autumn, can be summed up as a time to remember and embrace good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

10/28 PD
ST Math
30 minutes for Hill survey
Middle Level Building-based
6-12 Keys to Literacy for new teachers
Content specific-curriculum collaboration
High School
SS Gr. 11 Civics Projects Collaboration
Keys to Literacy for new teachers

Student Behavior
We have seen an uptick in student behavior across schools in less structured areas such as on the bus, during hallways transitions, bathrooms, and in the cafeteria. I am enlisting the support of all families to help us address the issue.

Here’s the ask:
Support us by reinforcing appropriate behavior throughout the school day with your child.
Remind them to choose to be kind and respectful.

Our administrators and staff are working hard too.

Once again, our outstanding FHS athletic teams are competing at a high level this season. As a community, we share an expectation that our athletes demonstrate sportsmanship and integrity on the field of play and our fans exhibit the same behavior.
I am enlisting the support of our fan base (students/parents/community members) to ensure that Franklin represents a welcoming environment that is safe for all.

Here’s the ask:
If your high school student is attending a varsity game please remind them to demonstrate appropriate behavior during sporting events.
Here are the FHS Fan/Spectator Expectations as a reference

Fan cheering and team support are welcomed facets of sporting events and can positively impact our athletes.
Appropriate cheering, done in good taste, can contribute to a positive game environment.
Inappropriate cheering, excessive jeering, especially taunts and offensive slurs do not represent our school or community values. It has an adverse effect on the players, the game, other fans and creates a negative impression of our school and town and it will not be tolerated.

We have experienced increased behavioral concerns with middle school students attending games who are unsupervised by an adult.
Specifically, the area behind the home bleachers during varsity football games is an area that our middle school students frequent.
This area behind the bleachers is now off limits for the remainder of the season.

A tremendous amount of planning and coordination goes into organizing a safe event.
Our athletic director, principal, administrators, ticket collectors, event supervisors, pep band staff, and police officers have a tremendous responsibility.
The athletic event is the priority and we do not have the capacity to monitor other areas.
All non-Franklin High School students, including Franklin middle school and elementary school students, must enter the event and be supervised by an adult throughout all varsity games.
Unaccompanied students who do not attend FHS will not be admitted without an adult.
Any student who is in attendance without an adult will need to be picked up by their parents/guardians.

My goal in communicating this is to avoid any issues moving forward. We have big games across multiple sports and we appreciate your cooperation.

Vaping PSA
My first priority in communicating this is out of concern for our students and their health and the risks associated with danger. It is why we Partnered with SAFE Coalition and offer the
Hidden in Plain Site” program at multiple community events, In addition, we have hosted vaping prevention events for families.
In November, 2021 FPS Substance Abuse Task Force (SATF) hosted a Critical Conversations: Identifying and addressing mental health and substance use within our community which SAFE’s Executive Director, Jennifer Knight, providing information about the risks associated with vaping.
In January, 2020 the District hosted a vaping education parent night with speaker Corey Mashburn from the MA Partnership for Youth Organization for students and families.
We revised our responses to substance use to provide treatment supports for students struggling with substance use in conjunction with our disciplinary response (PASS model).
Two years ago, we were awarded a grant for vape detectors at our secondary schools which are installed.

I am equally concerned for our administrators and how monitoring/addressing vaping among other behaviors taxes our system. As a District, we are often asked to solve this problem. We are dedicating staff at the high school to assist with the monitoring of our bathrooms, but we need help.

Here’s the ask:
Vapes arrive at our schools because individuals bring them into school. Please continue to speak to your children about vaping.
Keep an eye out for vaping devices. They can resemble traditional tobacco products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or everyday gadgets like flashlights, flash drives, or pens and are easily disguised.

Students in possession or determined to have vaped in school will be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Social Media
In March, 2022 The FPS SATF hosted a Critical Conversations event on this topic called The Impact of Social Media: Identify strategies to establish a healthy relationship with social media that maximizes the benefits and mitigates the negatives. You may recall Georgia Wells from the Wall Street Journal participated in a facilitated discussion with State Representative, Jeff Roy. The information our students receive on a daily basis can

The administration across schools spends a significant amount of time investigating throughout the school week. We’ve seen physical conflict result in these forms of online communication. We need help from families.

Here’s the ask:
Please talk to your child about their online behavior and remind them to communicate in a positive and respectful manner.
If they are experiencing difficulty please encourage them to speak with a trusted adult.

Parent Communication
As parents/guardians we recognized that school-related concerns regarding our children can create a level of anxiety, worry, and frustration. Unfortunately when these issues are escalated, our administrators and staff have found themselves at the receiving end of angry and/or aggressive parent emails or phone calls that typically ended in frustration for both and, ultimately, did not resolve the concern about a student.

Here’s the ask:
If you have concerns please start with person closest to the issue.
Please communicate in a manner that is respectful and professional.

You can find more information regarding communication on our website.

11/8 PD and Election Day
November 8th is a full day of professional development for teachers. In the morning teachers will complete grade specific professional development. At the Pre-K and Elementary level we will have teachers in professional development focused on reading instruction. Teachers at the secondary level continue to focus on building-based professional development. In the afternoon teachers will be engaged in individualized professional development led by their colleagues. Over 70 educators will offer sessions for their colleagues to learn and develop practice. Sessions are designed to present ideas and strategies, to facilitate roundtable discussions, or to collaborate in the design and creation of curriculum. Teachers will attend three of these sessions in the afternoon.

Lucas Giguere
Franklin Public Schools

Shared from the FPS page ->

Superintendent’s Report to School Committee - October 25, 2022
Superintendent’s Report to School Committee - October 25, 2022

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Nation's Report Card: Declining Reading Scores - Reading Is Fundamental

The Nation's Report Card: Declining Reading Scores

Erin Bailey is Reading Is Fundamental's Director of Programs and Content, a former teacher, and is pursuing her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. In light of the October 24th release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results, Erin shares her thoughts and expertise on how we can work together to ensure our nation's children have the support and resources they need to become passionate, lifelong readers.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results were released yesterday (10/24/22) and while the data is discouraging, I feel optimistic that we can unite and recover.  The NAEP results show that school disruptions caused by COVID-19 have returned us to reading scores seen 30 years ago. The number of children not reading proficiently has grown: 37 percent of fourth-graders performed below NAEP Basic in reading.  The achievement gap has widened, and the lowest-performing students have fallen further behind.  As a former teacher, literacy expert and parent, these results are disheartening to me, but I know that by working together, we can reverse and, in time, improve this trend. And I know that RIF is deeply committed to supporting educators and families as the key to this reversal.  

While our progress as dropped back to 1992 levels, I do not believe it will take us 30 years to recover from this. Today, we know there are evidence-based practices, such as those identified by the National Reading Panel, for teaching reading that will help students to recover and excel.

At RIF, we know it takes a village, and we are incredibly thankful that you – our families, educators, literacy advocates, and volunteers – share our commitment to supporting our nation's children in their reading education and success. Having worked in classrooms across the U.S. and internationally, I know what a difference it can make when educators and families collaborate to support their students. While I share your frustration and dismay, I know how dedicated you are to supporting your students and children as we tackle this national crisis together. Because of this, we are sharing some family engagement resources and educator tools from RIF that you can put to use today:

  • Early Childhood Tip Sheet: Studies show that reading to children, even from birth, builds literacy. Use this tip sheet to help your child begin their reading journey.
  • At-Home Reading Webinar: RIF has a wealth of webinars, including one on at-home reading tips, where we share strategies and activities that families can use to support literacy development.
  • Read-Aloud Guide: Reading a book aloud with children is one of the first steps of putting them on the path to becoming proficient, lifelong readers and learners. Use this guide for tips in maximizing read-aloud time. 
  • Vocabulary Guide for Educators: This guide helps educators determine which vocabulary words and phrases they should teach as they are encountered in books and text. 
  • Rally to Read 100: This free six-month reading engagement program, aimed at inspiring a joy and love of reading, includes monthly read-alouds from beloved children's authors and a variety of stimulating reading activities, all tied to monthly themes.

For nearly six decades, RIF has focused on partnering with educators and families to best support children on their reading journey. We believe that now, more than ever, is a critical time to come together and work to inspire a joy of reading for all children and support them to become strong readers and leaders. Together, I know we can make a difference on setting children back on course.


Friday, October 14, 2022

"commitments and authorizations under state law that are not fully kept by the Commonwealth"

"THE STATE HAS a $1.2 billion shortfall in aid promised to cities, towns, and school districts, Auditor Suzanne Bump concluded in a report released Thursday. 

The report looked at several major categories of state aid and identified $711.4 million in unfunded mandates related to school aid; $448.3 million related to school transportation; and $103.3 million in government aid, mainly related to the Community Preservation Act. 

“The state should be accountable to fulfill its funding obligations to cities and towns,” Bump said in an interview. “These are mandates that have long been on the books, and it just seems it’s easier to focus on the new and forget about the old.” 

State law prohibits unfunded mandates, requiring the Legislature to fund anything it requires cities and towns to do. But practically, lawmakers have often ignored those obligations. For example, they regularly appropriate only a portion of mandated expenses for school transportation.  

“Insufficient state appropriations or allocations have left programs underfunded, and some programs have seen financial obligations completely ignored despite a commitment under law,” the report says. "

Continue reading the CommonWealth Magazine article online ->

State Auditor Suzanne Bump.
State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Monday, October 3, 2022

"local government 'is the least appreciated' level of government, 'but probably should be the most valued.'”

"A new report from the Rappaport Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government highlights the strong partnership between the Baker-Polito administration and the state’s cities and towns, how it came to be, and the positive results it has achieved.

“We set out a few months ago to try to understand what was happening on the ground, what was so different about the way that this administration was working with cities and towns that we kept hearing about,” said Danielle Cerny, a visiting fellow at the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the author of the 50-page policy brief, during an unveiling event at Harvard on Sept. 28. “What were the pieces? Did it really work? Could we bottle it, particularly as we start to prepare for transitions here and elsewhere. How could we try to capture this?” 
Continue reading the article at MMA -> 

Direct link to full report ->

Rappaport Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Rappaport Institute at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Financial Audit Report for FY 2021

Note: FY 2021 is last year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The report was prepared to cover the business for the FY 2021 period. This year’s Annual Report FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) is in preparation now and is normally available for distribution at the polls for the November election.

Melanson and Heath presented the recent Audit Report for their review of Town of Franklin financial operations. The presentation and discussion occurred at the May 4, 2022 Town Council meeting. It was a clean report.

FY21 Annual Financial Audit - Melanson and Heath  

Audio of the Town Council meeting

Audio of my Town Council Quarterbacking session with Council Chair Tom Mercer

Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk
Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk at the May 4, 2022 meeting

Prior year audit report are found on the Town of Franklin page:

Saturday, August 6, 2022

"the current report provides a potential new target for preventing or treating heart disease"

"A new study led by researchers from Tufts University and the Cleveland Clinic sounds a familiar warning, saying the more red meat you eat the higher your risk of cardiovascular disease will be.

The observational study, published Monday in the American Heart Association’s peer-reviewed journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, also used statistical methods to try to discern how meat might be having that effect and found several different possible mechanisms.

One, researchers said, was meat’s effect on the gut microbiome. Recent research has suggested that gut bacteria digesting red meat and other animal-source foods produce metabolites in the blood that can cause cardiovascular disease."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

The research article as mentioned above ->
A steak on the grill of a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A new study says red meat is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and the reason may be your gut bacteria. MIGUEL MENDEZ/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
A steak on the grill of a barbecue restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina. A new study says red meat is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and the reason may be your gut bacteria. MIGUEL MENDEZ/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Saturday, July 9, 2022

COVID-19: "Headed in a bad direction" yet MA "State officials will scale back the frequency of COVID data reporting"

The BA.5 version of COVID-19 has become the majority variant of the virus in America in a matter of weeks, in a troubling development that comes amid what may already be America’s second-largest wave of the pandemic.

It also comes at a time when much of the US has relaxed nearly all COVID restrictions in public and life has largely returned to normal.

“COVID-19 is very clearly not over. We’re seeing dramatic increases in the number of cases and hospitalizations in many places throughout the United States,” said Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.

As BA.5, one of the Omicron sub-variants, begins buffeting the US, “we’re headed in a bad direction”, Salemi said. “We’ve seen it coming for a while … We’ve seen it go pretty unabated.”

Continue reading The Guardian article ->

State officials said Friday they will scale back the number of times each week that they post COVID-19 data to the official dashboard from five days a week to just one, an alteration they say reflects the changing nature of the pandemic.

The data will be posted every Thursday and the change takes place next week, the Department of Public Health said in a statement.

Under the new plan, the contact tracing and clusters tabs will be removed from the COVID-19 Cases category. That data, the statement said, no longer represents the situation due to changes in investigation and tracing practices. 

Continue reading the Boston Globe article (subscription may be required) ->
Town of Franklin Health Dept COVID portal ->

Town of Franklin Health Dept COVID portal
Town of Franklin Health Dept COVID portal

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

 Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
June 8, 2022 = 5:30 PM


1. Update: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods
a. Draft set of Recommendations - Slideshow from 5/16/22 Presentation
b. Updated Memo & Timeline (see below)

Re: Franklin For All Project Future Dates

The Franklin For All project is in it’s home stretch heading towards completion of the diagnostic analysis. Future dates are a sketch for upcoming meetings to note, but are subject to change:

1. June 10th at the Strawberry Stroll there will be a promotional event to help discuss the Franklin For All Project recommendations with residents and festival goers.

a. The Planning and Community Development department will be located at the intersection of Dean Ave and Main Street, directly across from the stage.
b. Attendees will be able to connect with Franklin for All project staff regarding the proposed recommendations.
c. Enjoy a town sponsored magic mirror photo booth experience to document the fun and resident aspirations of downtown revitalization.

2. June 30th Final report due (but should be in earlier and will be released upon final receipt)

3. July/August meeting of the EDC + Steering Committee to discuss prioritization of the formal recommendations by MAPC.

a. Each member of the Steering Committee will be given 3 votes to prioritize recommendations by MAPC to the staff. This is an effort to allow the committee to discuss the recommendations and give the staff some initial priorities to help focus our work and alleviate the potential to be scattered.
b. The Committee dates over the summer have not been set. We are hopeful that at the June 8th meeting we can set those dates in July or August on an evening without additional meetings after it.
c. The staff will also have some additional recommendations to consider that are not a part of the MAPC recommendations that focus on areas outside of the study zone, these are issues that have arisen locally that need to be addressed or have been discussed during this process.

4. September we will begin to publicly discuss the recommendations chosen by the Steering Committee and staff.

Agenda doc with remote participation info ->

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM
Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

Thursday, April 7, 2022

FM #765 - Franklin Housing Authority Mtg - 04/04/22 (audio recording)

FM #765 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 765 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Franklin Housing Authority meeting held on Monday, April 4, 2022 in the Common Room at Central Park Terrace. 

Participating were:





  • Lisa M. Audette, Housing Authority Agent

The recording of the meeting runs about 50 minutes.  (note - as the meeting was held in the common room, there is a TV in the back of the room that a resident was watching. You may hear it in the background from time to time.)

Audio file ->


Meeting agenda doc -> 


Franklin Housing Authority web page -> 

My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting 

Franklin Observer’s recap of the meeting 


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Franklin Housing Authority
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