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

EventOct 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
USAfBC Private Sector AGOA Forum

Private Sector AGOA Forum- Leveraging New Pathways in Trade: Enabling Digital Economy

The U.S. Chamber’s U.S.-Africa Business Center's private sector AGOA Forum on the digital economy, an official virtual private sector event to complement the Virtual AGOA Trade Ministerial hosted by USTR on October 20-21.

Letters to CongressSep 21, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on the FY22 NDAA

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

ReportAug 18, 2021 - 11:00am

The Business Case for Criminal Justice Reform: Second Chance Hiring

This report explores the benefits to employers that hire formerly incarcerated individuals, identifies barriers to entry for those with criminal convictions, highlights programs and organizations working to break down these barriers, and discusses developments concerning state and federal legislation that supports second and fair chance hiring.

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.

Jun 30, 2021 - 8:45am
FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab

FedEx Opens Doors to Opportunity with E-Commerce Learning Lab

The lab is focused on helping women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs of color master e-commerce.

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: 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.

ReportJun 01, 2021 - 8:30am

The America Works Report: Industry Perspectives

By analyzing more than two decades worth of federal jobs and employment data and conducting surveys of top industry association economists and local and state chamber of commerce leaders across the country, we examined the current state of the American workforce and the monumental challenges employers are facing across the country.

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