Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Gertie almost sprawled out

Our suburban weekly's police blotter included,
"Police received a call for assistance about 2:25 p.m. May 11 after a mother duck and her ducklings got stuck in a median while attempting to cross the road in the 7500 block of West Rawson Avenue. The ducks were no longer in the area when an officer arrived."
In other news:

Scottie Meyers reports Franklin School Board approves 2.7 percent pay raises for non-certified employees, same as the union employees will get. Superintendent Steve Patz explained to the newest board member that the agenda item for raises is always in a form like this year's "Human resources report: Non-certified staff compensation update and personnel report approval."

Scottie Meyers reports Franklin unveils new career, college readiness curriculum at Franklin High, to go with its $33 million reconstruction.

"Superintendent Steve Patz said college and workforce expectations call for instruction to steer toward personalized curriculum. He stressed that the new course structures will still satisfy state Common Core standards by weaving literacy and math into the tracks; only now the subjects will not necessarily be taught in isolation.

"As an example, a student enrolled in the global and finance InRoads might have a semester schedule that includes basic accounting, Japanese, economics and ethics. The accounting class would involve math, Japanese would compliment world geography, economics might include a unit on public speaking, and ethics could be taught with a mixture of face-to-face and online instruction.

The district will be hiring a new administrator by the end of the month to integrate a broad interdisciplinary curriculum within each tract, Patz said."

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