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

Op EdJul 13, 2020 - 11:15am

It's past time to start talking about child care solutions

The COVID-19 public health crisis has been a wake-up call to the role of the child care industry in our lives. Child care is essential to America’s economic recovery.

Letters to CongressJul 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations.

Press ReleaseJul 09, 2020 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber's Donohue on ICE's International Student Policy: It ‘Will Inflict Significant Harm Upon American Colleges and Universities, their Students, the Business Community, and Our Economy’

"This policy could force tens of thousands of international students to leave the U.S. for reasons outside of their control and needlessly injects an immense of amount of uncertainty into our nation’s higher education system at a time when colleges and universities are grappling with significant logistical and financial challenges..."

Press ReleaseJun 24, 2020 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Releases 'America’s Opportunity Gaps: By the Numbers' Examining Underlying Factors of Inequality for Black Americans, Americans of Color

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today published America’s Opportunity Gaps: By The Numbers, a compilation of research that documents the inequality of opportunity for Black Americans and people of color. Released the day before the Chamber’s National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, the report quantifies racial divides in six critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, health, and wealth development.

Press ReleaseJun 15, 2020 - 5:00pm

426 Chambers and Associations Join U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative

The 426 organizations representing 47 states will join the U.S. Chamber’s Equality of Opportunity National Summit on June 25, which will explore some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity and chart a path to actionable, data-driven solutions.

Letters to CongressJun 10, 2020 - 8:30am

Coalition Letter on Assistance for Childcare Providers

This Coalition letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, urging the next COVID-19 response package to include temporary emergency assistance targeted to licensed childcare providers.

ReportJun 02, 2020 - 1:30pm
Defense Industrial Base Report

CORONAVIRUS: IMPACTS TO THE U.S. DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE

This report examines potential impacts Coronavirus may have on the Defense Industrial Base by examining current and historic recession data, ongoing trends within supply chains, and recent stimulus legislation.

Above the FoldMar 14, 2020 - 5:00am
Compass pointing to "skills"

Closing the Skills Gap

The Chamber is doing it by strengthening partnerships with employers and education providers.

EventFeb 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 12:00pm
2020 Early Ed Summit Key Graphic - Green map of U.S. with education related icons

Early Education Summit: Economic Impact on the States

Save the date to join the U.S. Chamber Foundation at the Early Education Summit in Washington, D.C. on February 28 to learn about unique childcare challenges facing U.S. states, hear new data on the economic impact of childcare breakdowns, and listen to experts who are developing solutions.