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Letter to the editor: Legislate for jobs, not holidays for schools

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:01 am

Why do our Indiana legislators feel the need to authorize celebrations in schools as described in Senate Bill 326?

Schools already effectively handle celebrating winter holidays as appropriate within the curriculum and our classrooms. We do not need legislation for existing practices in schools.

We need policies that will promote jobs in Indiana.

Educators, business, industry, workforce development, economic development, regional work councils, private enterprise and other agencies are collaboratively working to offer students and adults the opportunities of training, certification and degrees that continue to develop a strong, highly qualified workforce in Indiana.

Yet if the culture of job creation is not nurtured and promoted, our highly trained workforce will need to go outside our regions and our Indiana border to find work.

We must increase economic development for our communities and increase the per capita income for all our workers in Indiana.

Let’s all of us improve on our priorities and keep focused on creating quality jobs in Indiana.

Wylie Sirk, Ph.D., retired Indiana superintendent