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

 

Priorities

Early Education, K-12 Education, and Child Care
  • Support expansion of high-quality early education programs.
  • Improve K-12 education through rigorous academics, accountability for performance, and choices for parents and families, and ensure that every student graduates from high school prepared for the next step—whether college or career.  
  • Expand the availability of child care options.
Higher Education
  • Support innovation in higher education while holding institutions accountable for their performance, and 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 to 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

Above the FoldJul 31, 2018 - 4:00pm
A student measures a piece of steel during a welding class at the Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in Washington, PA.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the Perkins Career and Technical Education Reauthorization

The bill provides important funding for job training and other related programs for high school and higher education students.

Press ReleaseJul 25, 2018 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Final Passage of Legislation to Reauthorize the Perkins CTE Act

“Workers are a key ingredient of the free enterprise system,” Says Bradley

Letters to CongressJul 24, 2018 - 5:45pm

Key Vote Alert! - "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act," and urging the House to move expeditiously so the President can quickly sign this important legislation into law.

Letters to CongressJul 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

Key Vote Alert! - "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate in support of the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act."

Above the FoldJul 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Pledge to America's Workers

A Pledge to the American Worker

The U.S. Chamber looks forward to continuing work with the administration to equip the American workforce to succeed in the modern economy.

Press ReleaseJul 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Reaffirms Organization’s “Pledge to America’s Workers”

‘Providing today’s students with meaningful opportunities means that employers will soon be able to hire more qualified workers to fill in demand jobs,’ Said Donohue

Letters to CongressJul 10, 2018 - 4:30pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

Letters to CongressJun 27, 2018 - 3:45pm

Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee ahead of their markup of the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill tomorrow morning.

Letters to CongressJun 25, 2018 - 2:45pm

Letter to the U.S. Senate - Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

This letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate in support of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.----June 25, 2018  TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE:  

Above the FoldJun 05, 2018 - 4:15pm
USB and U.S. Chamber Commercial Construction Index, Q2 2018: 73

Commercial Contractors are Confident about the Economy but Worry about Labor Shortages and Tariffs

USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index was 73 in the second quarter of 2018.