By MARY ROGERS
To the Editor:
This is in response to the letter from Frank Murphy on July 9, titled, “What exactly are my taxes going to?”
I disagree with his assessment that the closed schools have saved money during the pandemic. Many service-related organizations, like schools, have actually seen an increase in expenses. Teachers were still teaching, staff was still being paid. Buildings still have to be maintained. Grab and go meals were still provided. Students, without the proper resources for distance-learning, needed equipment and adequate internet access.
I do agree that there should be a plan to improve New Britain schools, but not in our rankings. I think the plan should address improving the lives of the students. Children are the key to the future and are worth investing in.
One issue is that the current school system emphasizes rote learning and memorization, which does not work for every student. Perhaps this pandemic will open a larger conversation on how we can better support children, especially those who may be facing trauma and other issues.