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

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.

Above the FoldOct 06, 2014 - 10:30am
More than 6 million young people are out of school and out of work.

Vice President Joe Biden, Business Leaders Address Youth Unemployment

The Chamber Foundation and its Center for Education and Workforce hosted the “Youth Employment Matters!” forum in conjunction with the Urban Alliance, zeroing in on employer-driven solutions to the problem of youth unemployment.

Above the FoldSep 25, 2014 - 11:00am

GUEST POST: Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

We need to talk about educational quality in more robust ways and ways more connected to the real world. That certainly means paying more systematic attention to things like transparency, cost-effectiveness, and parental choice.

Above the FoldSep 18, 2014 - 2:30pm

The States Need to Step It Up on STEM

Everyone recognizes that science, technology, engineering, and math are critical skills, that the STEM unemployment rate is about half that of other fields, that STEM success is vital to the futures of our kids and our nation, yada yada. But, when it comes to STEM, which states are doing the best, which are doing the worst--and how well are the "best" actually doing?

Above the FoldSep 15, 2014 - 9:00am

Five Ways to Improve Education

Without meaningful reform and sustained improvement in K-12 education, the United States will lose its edge in global competition, put the economy at risk, and consign future generations of Americans to limited opportunities.

Above the FoldSep 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
The Chamber's Leaders & Laggards report on K-12 educational effectiveness show that the business community needs to have more seats at the table.

Leaders & Laggards Report Rallies Business Leaders

Business leaders said the quality of America’s education system has a direct impact on the nation’s economic competitiveness and that businesses can play a key role in helping students become more prepared for college and careers.

Above the FoldSep 11, 2014 - 12:45pm
Chamber issues report on K-12 education

K-12 Leaders & Laggards Circa 2014: How the States Are Doing

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce releases its third report on K-12 educational effectiveness, and finds that states generally did better across the board than they had done in 2007 and 2009, though their progress was uneven and far from satisfactory.