OneZone Weighs in on HSE School Board Discrimination Policy.
Former governor Joe Kernan was ending his comments before over 100 business people at a state chamber luncheon on Indiana's future. "One thing I hope you'll remember. I'm teaching some classes at my alma mater and let me tell you something about the next generation - they won't tolerate intolerance." He got a standing ovation.
Fishers is a community that's taken that seriously. The Stigma-free Fishers campaign brought together police, fire, school, community and health representatives, and together, they're making a difference. Fishers has been on so many "best of' lists, it's almost expected. Fishers is a positive, open, welcoming community.
That's why HSE schools' recent vote on its discrimination policy is so baffling. Of course, inclusion is important to students, parents, teachers and administrators. But it's important to business too.
Human Capital has become the most crucial factor in economic development, and inclusion is a significant business issue. Businesses are looking for the best and the brightest and our communities have to send a clear, consistent message about who we are - vibrant, entrepreneurial, open and accepting to all.
OneZone, representing over 1,400 businesses, felt
strongly that it was time for Indiana to pass strong hate crimes legislation. For the same reasons, we agree with Mayor Fadness' comments on the recent HSE School Board vote and urge the board to reconsider their statement and include those most vulnerable. Let's not leave any doubt about who we are.