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.

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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

Letters to CongressJul 14, 2021 - 10:30am

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Labor and HHS Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the House Committee on Appropriations, on the Fiscal Year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations legislation.

Above the FoldJun 04, 2021 - 10:15am
Suzanne Clark and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo at the Workforce: A Call to Action summit.

Business and Government Leaders Call For Urgent Action on Workforce Crisis

America is on the verge of what could be a great economic resurgence, but job creators are currently held back by a serious worker shortage.

EventJun 02, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Workforce: Teaser

Workforce: A Call to Action

As the nation rebuilds and makes strides toward recovery, we need an approach to putting Americans back to work that is simple, fast, and employer-led. It must address immediate employment needs while also laying the foundation for a modernized, adaptive, and resilient workforce development system.

ReportJun 01, 2021 - 8:30am

The America Works Report: Industry Perspectives

  EnergyAmerican Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers Adam Ali, Manager of Workforce Development 

ReportJun 01, 2021 - 8:30am

The America Works Report: Quantifying the Nation's Workforce Crisis

Businesses are increasingly saying they are unable to hire the workers they need to make their products and provide their services.

Press ReleaseMay 24, 2021 - 1:00pm

Despite Economic Uncertainty, American Employers Are Still Investing in Talent

New U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and SHRM research shows employers across the country are ready to increase investment in employee training and development, but encounter barriers with funding and public-private leadership

ReportApr 14, 2021 - 1:00pm

Policy Recommendations for the New Administration: Egypt

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's U.S.-Egypt Business Council offers recommendations to enhance the U.S.-Egypt economic relationship.

Letters to CongressMar 22, 2021 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the College Transparency Act

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress supporting the College Transparency Act. This bill is on the Legislative Leadership list for the “How They Voted” scorecard.

Letters to CongressMar 05, 2021 - 8:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on the American Rescue Plan

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Senate, on the "American Rescue Plan."

Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Pandemic Relief and the American Rescue Plan

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on pandemic relief and the American Rescue Plan.