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Learning Curve

  • An F for transparency
    “Look at this shiny thing over here!” – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma, Oct. 14, 2014.

Mowing with weedkiller

“Oddly, our state governments are aggressively cutting back on education and our public libraries at the same time they are clamoring for more jobs. It's a little like cutting the lawn with weedkiller. Education provides a cornerstone of competitiveness and future prosperity.”

Ed Morrison is economic policy adviser to the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He offers some terrific ideas about innovation in economic and workforce development on his blog, Ed Morrison’s Garage. This post about public libraries caught my attention for its spot-on assessment of the current push to contain education spending and for the history of the education-economy link in the Great Lakes region.

The foundation of our first-rate colleges, universities and libraries seems to be lost on policymakers. Indiana lawmakers will insist they have maintained funding for education and libraries. In fact, they have created policies that continue to drain dollars from libraries, K-12 schools and higher education. As Morrison so succinctly notes, their actions are directly counter to job-creation efforts.

Karen Francisco, editorial page editor for The Journal Gazette, has been an Indiana journalist since 1981. She writes frequently about education for The Journal Gazette opinion pages and here, where she looks at the business, politics and science of learning as it relates to northeast Indiana, the state and the nation. She can be reached at 260-461-8206 or by e-mail at