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Indiana’s workforce crisis is an education crisis
Years of INGOP under-investment in education aren’t helping IN’s workforce
INDIANAPOLIS – A skilled workforce is the product of a robust education system. In the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Vision2025 report, they make the case in unequivocal terms: “Few items in this plan are beyond debate, but the need to invest in our people for their own well-being, as well as the state’s future economic prosperity, is a given.” But Indiana Republicans have demonstrated a clear pattern of chronic under-investment in education. Those deferments will worsen the state’s workforce development crisis. A crisis of alarming scale, according to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce: “nearly a third of our entire workforce – lack even the most basic skills to thrive in today’s economy.”
Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody explained that Statehouse Republicans puzzled by Indiana’s under-skilled workforce need only to review their divisive education policies to determine a culprit.“Indiana’s workforce crisis is an education crisis,” said Zody. “It’s not rocket science. Less funding to schools leads to an unequal distribution of opportunity and keeps Indiana’s workforce ranked near the bottom nationally. You can’t learn about science, technology, engineering or math when your school is closed. The deck is stacked against Hoosier children not lucky enough to live in a county where pre-K is an option. Indiana Republicans’ divisive education policies haven’t helped stem the tide of Indiana’s workforce crisis, in fact they’ve fueled it.”