Education, Employment, and Training Committee

This committee focuses on education and workforce development issues.

This committee focuses on education and workforce development issues. Specifically, the committee considers issues such as early childhood education, Pre-K–12 education, postsecondary education, career and technical education, the public workforce development system, incumbent worker training, and lifelong learning. The committee’s work reflects the Chamber’s commitment to ensuring that our members have access to an educated and skilled workforce.  

Recent Activity

Above the FoldJun 23, 2016 - 2:00pm
Discussions about the value of college need to focus on identifying the paths that enable students to make informed postsecondary choices

Right Major, Job Bring Higher Lifetime Earnings

Information about outcomes needs to be in front of all students as they consider one of the most consequential decisions of their lives.

EventJan 25, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

National School Choice Week Kickoff: The Importance of High-Quality Charter Schools

Please join the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the National Alliance for Public Charters Schools, the Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute as we kick off National School Choice Week with a discussion on the importance that high-quality public charter schools play in the national dialogue on education.

Above the FoldDec 11, 2015 - 12:45pm
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) (left) and former Education Secretary Rod Paige at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and NAACP event: The Path Forward, Improving Opportunities for African-American Students.

How Three States Found Magic in a Bottle and Improved Education

At the U.S. Chamber, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) called education, “the closest thing to magic in America.”

Issue BriefMar 11, 2015 - 5:15pm

Statement on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Higher education has long played a vital role in driving America’s economic engine. In today’s knowledge-based economy, this role has never been as important for individuals, businesses, and the nation as a whole.

Letters to CongressFeb 26, 2015 - 2:30pm

Business/Civil Rights Coalition Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives on Amendment #74 to H.R. 5, the “Goodlatte Amendment” Regarding Annual Assessment

A coalition of business, education, civil rights and disability organizations sent a letter to lawmakers today opposing an amendment to the House rewrite of No Child Left Behind that would allow states to use local assessments instead of a single, statewide assessment.

Letters to CongressFeb 26, 2015 - 1:30pm

Hill letter on H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act"

This letter regarding H.R. 5, the “Student Success Act,” was sent to all Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Issue BriefJan 30, 2015 - 3:30pm

Assessment, Transparency, and Accountability: Three Critical Elements of a Bi-Partisan Approach to Advancing both Excellence and Equity

Assessment, Transparency and Accountability: Three Critical Elements of a Bi-Partisan Approach to Advancing both Excellence and EquityJANUARY 2015

Letters to CongressJan 30, 2015 - 3:15pm

Business/Civil Rights Coalition Letter on Assessment, Transparency, and Accountability

Dear Senators on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Representatives on the House Education and the Workforce Committee:

CommentOct 20, 2014 - 5:00pm

Comments from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Regarding the Pending Release of the Final Rule to Regulate “Gainful Employment” under the Higher Education Act

The Chamber supports accountability that applies to all institutions in all sectors and is not overly burdensome. Unfortunately, the GE rule as proposed falls short legally and as a matter of public policy. The rule is inconsistent with the President’s stated priorities of economic growth, innovation, competitiveness, and job creation and runs counter to his 2020 degree attainment goal. The policy determinations leading to the GE rule are not supported by data and analysis, and the limited data and analysis that has been shared by the Department of Education has not been provided in such a way as to allow for any independent analysis. The Chamber recognizes that if the Department does not set appropriate thresholds for compliance, they will have created the perverse incentive for all of the impacted institutions to avoid enrolling low-income and minority students. Based on our assumptions as to the content of the rule, we believe it should not go forward, or at the very least, should be sent back to the Department for further consideration.