Education

A strong education system is crucial to preparing people for good jobs and bright futures and sustaining a 21st century workforce that can compete in the global economy.

The Chamber is focused on fixing shortcomings in our education system so that students emerge from our public education system prepared for college or a career; higher education is more accessible and affordable; employers can find workers with the right skills and qualifications; and our workforce will attract investment, drive growth, and spur innovation.

Projects and Programs

 


Our Priorities

The Chamber promotes access to affordable, high-quality education, career paths that lead to jobs, and workforce initiatives that create a more equitable talent marketplace and strengthen the American economy. 

Priorities

Early Education, K-12 Education, and Child Care

  • Support the expansion of high-quality early education programs. 
  • Improve K-12 education through rigorous academics, accountability for performance, and choices for parents and families. 
  • Ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for the next step—whether college or career. 
  • Expand the availability of high-quality child care options.

Higher Education 

  • Support innovation in higher education while holding institutions accountable for their performance. 
  • Improve transparency to empower students, parents, and policymakers to make informed decisions. 
  • Improve financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, which work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.

Workforce Training 

  • Ensure that training and retraining programs are aligned with the needs of employers based on accurate and timely local labor market data. 
  • Support employer-led earn and learn opportunities, including apprenticeships. 
  • Incentivize more effective and efficient partnerships between education and workforce systems. 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseSep 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Launches ‘Talent Finance’ Initiative to Develop New Models for Investment in the Workforce of the Future

Current approaches to financing education and career readiness fail to meet the needs of the labor market Groundbreaking initiative explores new private sector-led solutions and innovations in finance to invest in people

Press ReleaseSep 09, 2020 - 12:00pm

Childcare Providers Struggle to Remain Operational, Adding to Challenges for Reopening the Economy

Childcare providers are often excluded from decision-making process in their community, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Letters to CongressSep 08, 2020 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Broadband Connectivity and the Homework Gap

This Hill letter on broadband connectivity and the homework gap was sent to the Members of the United States Congress.

Above the FoldSep 03, 2020 - 11:45am
Shopping Smart, back to school 2020

Making Sure Parents, Students and Educators Shop Smart This Fall

The Global Innovation Policy Center breaks down ways to shop smart during an unprecedented back-to-school season.

Press ReleaseAug 18, 2020 - 9:30am

U.S. Chamber Launches “Cost of Inaction” Campaign, Illuminating The Burden on Americans as a Result of the Impasse Over Additional Coronavirus Aid

WASHINGTON, D.C – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today launched the “Cost of Inaction” campaign to quantify and bring to life the very real pain Americans are feeling every day that Congress and the administration fail to provide additional economic relief to individuals, families, businesses, and states impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Press ReleaseAug 03, 2020 - 11:00am

Childcare and Health and Safety are Top Two Reopening Issues, According to Employers

New survey from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation finds 40% of employers have offered additional childcare assistance, benefits, or accommodations in response to the effects of COVID-19

Letters to CongressJul 29, 2020 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Childcare

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on Chamber priorities for childcare legislation.

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2020 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Press ReleaseJul 14, 2020 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on DHS' International Student Policy Decision

“The U.S. Chamber is pleased that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its ill-conceived policy regarding international students today. Our nation’s educators and our economy are better for it.”

Op EdJul 13, 2020 - 11:15am

It's past time to start talking about child care solutions

The COVID-19 public health crisis has been a wake-up call to the role of the child care industry in our lives. Child care is essential to America’s economic recovery.