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.

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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

Press ReleaseFeb 23, 2021 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Praises Biden Administration Decision Not to Abandon K-12 Statewide Assessments

WASHINGTON D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds the decision from the Biden administration not to issue a waiver that would allow states to abandon statewide annual assessments for the 2020-2021 school year. Cheryl Oldham, vice president of education policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:

EventJan 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Policy Power Hour - Day 2 (Thursday)

Policy Power Hour: Spotlight on Washington

Join us to explore the year ahead in Washington and some of the most important national policy issues affecting American businesses and workers, from infrastructure and immigration to education and workforce development.The 2021 State of American Business Series

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

In the face of significant challenges, including a global pandemic and an economic crisis, businesses have adapted to survive ... they have served their communities, and this country ... and they have put forward life-saving, world-changing solutions.

EventJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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2021 State of American Business and Policy Power Hours

The event will explore how a united business community can rally a divided nation around a widespread economic recovery, restore good governance, and rebuild our economy for the future.

Letters to CongressDec 21, 2020 - 4:15pm

Key Vote Letter on the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the COVID-19 Relief Package

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, supporting the Senate Amendment to H.R. 133, the omnibus COVID-19 relief legislative package.

Press ReleaseDec 15, 2020 - 8:45am

Pandemic-Induced Childcare Challenges Could Forever Change the Workforce

New U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation research reveals how lack of childcare solutions can affect working parents’ careers, with women disproportionately impacted 

EventOct 26, 2020 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

The Foundation's Talent Pipeline Management National Learning Network Fall Summit

This event is limited to NLN members and their partners. For questions about eligibility to attend, please contact workforce@uschamber.com. Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) National Learning Network (NLN) Virtual Fall Summit. This group is now more than 400 professionals and is called the NLN.

Press ReleaseSep 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Launches ‘Talent Finance’ Initiative to Develop New Models for Investment in the Workforce of the Future

Current approaches to financing education and career readiness fail to meet the needs of the labor market Groundbreaking initiative explores new private sector-led solutions and innovations in finance to invest in people

Press ReleaseSep 09, 2020 - 12:00pm

Childcare Providers Struggle to Remain Operational, Adding to Challenges for Reopening the Economy

Childcare providers are often excluded from decision-making process in their community, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Letters to CongressSep 08, 2020 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Broadband Connectivity and the Homework Gap

This Hill letter on broadband connectivity and the homework gap was sent to the Members of the United States Congress.