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Education

A strong education system is crucial to preparing young 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 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.

To learn more, visit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Center for Education and Workforce.

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06/27/2015

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06/27/2015

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06/27/2015

Our Position

Falling Behind

Almost 70% of U.S. students aren't proficient in reading and basic math, based on international standards.
 

Few things have greater impact on the future of our country's prosperity and competitive standing in the world than our education system. It must prepare students to pursue their dreams, earn a living and provide for their families, and contribute to our economy. It must provide a steady flow of qualified workers so businesses can continue to operate, thrive, and grow. And in a global economy, investment follows talent

But shortcomings in America's K-12 public schools threaten to hold our country back. Too many students are not being adequately prepared for college or careers. The result is a persistent skills gap that is leaving millions of Americans unemployed or underemployed while employers struggle to find qualified candidates to fill open positions.

In an effort to close that gap and to create opportunities for all Americans, the Chamber advocates for:

  • Rigorous academic standards that prepare students for college or career;
  • Smarter investment of education dollars;
  • Greater transparency and accountability in our system;
  • Stronger competition among schools and more choice for parents;
  • And the deployment of innovative tools and techniques in classrooms.
     

The Chamber also works to address challenges in higher education.  The United States has the best colleges, universities, and research institutions in the world. But students seeking access to postsecondary education programs are increasingly burdened with economic and educational barriers. And fewer than half of students who enter postsecondary programs graduate in six years. The Chamber promotes improved access and affordability, increased transparency, and a focus on multiple pathways for students to gain postsecondary credentials needed to succeed in the workplace.

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LEADERS & LAGGARDS

 

COMMON CORE

 

Job Skills Gap

There are currently more than 3.9 million jobs vacant in the United States because there aren't enough qualified candidates to fill them.
 

TALENT PIPELINE MANAGEMENT

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is engaging employers and their partners across the country in developing a new demand-driven approach--talent pipeline management--to close the skills gap. Through extending lessons learned from innovations in supply chain management, this is a call for employers to play a new and expanded leadership role as "end-customers" of education and workforce partnerships.  From there, employers can proactively organize and manage talent supply chain partnerships with measures and incentives tied to performance. 

Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 07/02/2015
E.g., 07/02/2015
Letter

This letter regarding the FY16 Labor-HHS-Education bill was sent to the Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

1 week 23 hours ago
Letter

This letter regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to the Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee.

1 week 2 days ago
Press Release

Announces Regional Partners to Pilot Talent Pipeline Management Strategies 

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) and USA Funds today announced the selection of seven regional partners to pilot Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) strategies, a project aimed at bridging the skills gap.

1 month 3 weeks ago
Letter


Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

2 months 1 week ago
Letter


Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

2 months 1 week ago
Letter


Dear Chairman Alexander and Ranking Member Murray:

2 months 1 week ago
Letter

This letter regarding the "Every Child Achieves Act of 2015" was sent to the Members of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

2 months 2 weeks ago
Letter


Members, Senate HELP Committee:

Senators Alexander and Murray have produced a positive framework for reauthorizing ESEA that will continue moving our country forward in the effort to ensure all our children receive a quality education.  

The bill provides resources and considerable flexibility to the states, and contains certain critical requirements we believe are essential to any broad improvement effort, including:

2 months 2 weeks ago