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

 

Priorities for 2018

  • Support implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, with an emphasis on encouraging the creation of state accountability systems focused on career readiness, high academic standards, rigorous coursework, end-of-year assessments aligned to standards, and closing the achievement gap.
  • Advance efforts at the federal and state levels that provide more educational options for parents and students.
  • Improve career readiness by leveraging the business community to address challenges involved in managing employer engagement, scaling work-based learning, identifying industry-recognized credentials, securing employer endorsements, and evaluating performance.
  • Encourage better alignment between high school graduation requirements, state academic achievement standards, and postsecondary entrance requirements.
  • Back efforts to generate more U.S. graduates with a credential in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.
  • Work to ensure that institutions of higher education (traditional and nontraditional) are held accountable for their performance—both academically and financially—and that they provide transparency to empower students, parents, employers, and policymakers to make informed decisions.
  • Advocate for improving financial aid programs and systems, including private sector innovations in higher education finance, that work to improve college access and affordability while incentivizing outcomes.
  • Promote improvements in the quality of higher education data.
  • Advocate for eliminating regulations that diminish choice of providers and deter innovation.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldNov 05, 2018 - 9:00am
Illustration of office workers working around a table.

The Two-Gap Workforce Challenge

The skills and people gaps are preventing our nation from leveraging its talent and people from realizing their potential.

Above the FoldNov 01, 2018 - 5:30pm
Tom Donohue speaks at 2018 Talent Forward.

How to Shrink the Skills and People Gaps

By closing both gaps opportunity will flourish, the economy will grow, and people will prosper.

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 10:00am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness

Press ReleaseOct 30, 2018 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue: We Must Close the Skills Gap and the People Gap

Donohue Addresses the State of the American Workforce and What Business is Doing to Meet the Needs of the Modern Economy and Maintain American Competitiveness

SpeechOct 30, 2018 - 9:00am

“The Two Gap Challenge” - Speech by Thomas J. Donohue

Talent Forward 2018Washington, D.C. October 30, 2018

EventOct 30, 2018 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
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Talent Forward 2018

The U.S. Chamber Foundation's national workforce conference, Talent Forward 2018, welcomes leaders and change makers in the business and education communities, industry and human resource partners, and other community leaders to discuss the most critical topic in our country today: our workforce.

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

LetterJul 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.

LetterJul 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."