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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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09/15/2016

Take good #CharterSchools to scale, says @Gladwell, but accept that improving education is a “long game.” https://t.co/hU35UgeEol #Voices4Ed

09/15/2016

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‹investors will pour capital into economies with a strong and stable workforce.

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.

Take Action

A competitive workforce is a key component of the U.S. Chamber's Jobs, Growth, and Opportunity Agenda - an ambitious plan to generate stronger, more robust economic growth, create jobs and expand opportunity for all Americans.

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. 

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Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

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Above the Fold
Compass pointing to "skills"

We must find a scalable, industry-driven framework for business engagement in education and workforce development.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:15pm
Event

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation as we release a new report that calls on the business community to support states and districts in adopting and implementing a combined college and career readiness indicator to support the future workforce.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 8:30am
Op Ed

For the past decade, states have made systematic education reforms in an effort to prepare all students to be college and career ready. Yet, depending on which state, which district, or even which school, college ready and career ready can have very different meanings for students.

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 8:00am
Letter

This letter supporting H.R. 5587, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act,” was sent to all Members of the House.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 11:00am
In the News

Inc. Magazine
By Graham Rapier 

Development of a new generation of entrepreneurs and other business leaders is about to get underway--courtesy of the Boy Scouts.

At a meeting of its top leaders in New Orleans last week, the Boy Scouts of America announced a new partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring together scouts and local business communities ​throughout the country.