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

 


Our Priorities

The Chamber promotes access to affordable, high-quality education, career paths that lead to jobs, and workforce initiatives that create a more equitable talent marketplace and strengthen the American economy. 

Priorities

Early Education, K-12 Education, and Child Care

  • Support the expansion of high-quality early education programs. 
  • Improve K-12 education through rigorous academics, accountability for performance, and choices for parents and families. 
  • Ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for the next step—whether college or career. 
  • Expand the availability of high-quality child care options.

Higher Education 

  • Support innovation in higher education while holding institutions accountable for their performance. 
  • Improve transparency to empower students, parents, and policymakers to make informed decisions. 
  • Improve financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, which work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.

Workforce Training 

  • Ensure that training and retraining programs are aligned with the needs of employers based on accurate and timely local labor market data. 
  • Support employer-led earn and learn opportunities, including apprenticeships. 
  • Incentivize more effective and efficient partnerships between education and workforce systems. 

Recent Activity

SpeechJan 09, 2020 - 10:00am

2020 State of American Business Speech: A Year of Meaningful Action

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 9, 2020.

ReportJan 09, 2020 - 9:30am
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U.S. Chamber Policy Priorities for 2020

This booklet is the guide to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's policy priorities for 2020. This booklet was released and referenced during the 2019 State of American Business on January 9th, 2020.

Above the FoldNov 04, 2019 - 9:00am
Professionals meeting around a table looking at a computer monitor.

A Solution to the Two-Gap Workforce Challenge

Talent Pipeline Management helps connect people looking for work with employers looking for people. 

Letters to CongressOct 29, 2019 - 9:15am

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 4674, the “College Affordability Act"

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Education and Labor, on H.R. 4674, the “College Affordability Act.”

Press ReleaseOct 24, 2019 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Foundation and the Association for Supply Chain Management Launch “TPM Next”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Association for Supply Chain Management Foundation (ASCM) today announced the launch of a partnership to develop the next generation of the Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) initiative, TPM Next.

EventOct 24, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:30pm
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Talent Forward 2019

REGISTER TODAY Register to attend Talent Forward 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's national workforce conference, where education and workforce experts from across the country convene to discuss the future of talent and the future of work.

Above the FoldSep 30, 2019 - 9:00am
Civics Forward event

The Business Case for Civics

We are in the midst of a civics crisis, and the implications for our society are enormous.

Press ReleaseSep 27, 2019 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber is Encouraged by Steps Towards Passing a Comprehensive Higher Education Bill

Neil Bradley, executive vice president and chief policy officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today regarding the introduction of The Student Aid Improvement Act.

EventSep 27, 2019 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Civics Forward event

Civics Forward

Join us September 27 for CIVICS FORWARD to discuss the future of civic education, civic engagement, and civil discourse in America. We are bringing together leaders in business, education, and government to discuss how we can prepare the next generation for the awesome responsibilities they bear in a democracy.

Press ReleaseJun 18, 2019 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on White House's Workforce Advisory Board Meeting

“Looking to the future of our economy and our citizens, the U.S. Chamber remains fully committed to addressing the dual challenges of too many people without jobs and too many jobs without people."