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

 

Priorities for 2018

  • Support implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, with an emphasis on encouraging the creation of state accountability systems focused on career readiness, high academic standards, rigorous coursework, end-of-year assessments aligned to standards, and closing the achievement gap.
  • Advance efforts at the federal and state levels that provide more educational options for parents and students.
  • Improve career readiness by leveraging the business community to address challenges involved in managing employer engagement, scaling work-based learning, identifying industry-recognized credentials, securing employer endorsements, and evaluating performance.
  • Encourage better alignment between high school graduation requirements, state academic achievement standards, and postsecondary entrance requirements.
  • Back efforts to generate more U.S. graduates with a credential in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.
  • Work to ensure that institutions of higher education (traditional and nontraditional) are held accountable for their performance—both academically and financially—and that they provide transparency to empower students, parents, employers, and policymakers to make informed decisions.
  • Advocate for improving financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, that work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.
  • Promote improvements in the quality of higher education data.
  • Advocate for eliminating regulations that diminish choice of providers and deter innovation.

Recent Activity

ReportMar 12, 2018 - 5:00pm
Quality Pathways Report Cover

QUALITY PATHWAYS: Employer Leadership in Earn and Learn Opportunities

This paper advances a solution building from a bold idea for improving employer leadership and investment in a wide variety of earn and learn opportunities, including high-quality internships and apprenticeships.

Above the FoldJan 30, 2018 - 1:30pm

The Student Debt Mountain – A Crisis or a Development?

Despite the pain, the rise in student loan debt has not led to an unsustainable increase in household debt.

Press ReleaseJan 10, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber President: Double Down on Growth in 2018

Donohue Urges Leaders to Pursue Stronger, Sustained, Shared Economic Growth

SpeechJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 10, 2018.

Press ReleaseOct 16, 2017 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Foundation Releases First-of-its-Kind Workforce Development Curriculum

Lays Out Employer-Led Approach to Closing the Skills Gap 

Above the FoldSep 20, 2017 - 11:15am
Debris from inside a house flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas.

Post-Hurricane Rebuilding Could Be Stymied By Worker Shortage

While the commercial construction economy is good overall, two-thirds of contractors in the South have trouble finding workers.

Above the FoldAug 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
Postcards from Main Street on Trade

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Developing an Educated Workforce, Part 2

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is finding enough skilled workers.

Above the FoldAug 04, 2017 - 4:30pm
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Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Building an Educated Workforce

One of the biggest challenges businesses owners have is finding enough skilled workers.