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 FoldSep 20, 2017 - 11:15am
Debris from inside a house flooded by Hurricane Harvey in Spring, Texas.

Post-Hurricane Rebuilding Could Be Stymied By Worker Shortage

While the commercial construction economy is good overall, two-thirds of contractors in the South have trouble finding workers.

Above the FoldAug 18, 2017 - 3:00pm
Postcards from Main Street on Trade

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Developing an Educated Workforce, Part 2

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is finding enough skilled workers.

Above the FoldAug 04, 2017 - 4:30pm
Education Main Street Postcard Image

Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on Building an Educated Workforce

One of the biggest challenges businesses owners have is finding enough skilled workers.

Above the FoldJun 19, 2017 - 9:00am
USG & US Chamber Commercial Construction Index, Q2 2017. Degree of difficulty contractors experience in finding skilled workers.

Businesses Lead Solutions to Workforce Challenges

Businesses are having trouble finding properly trained workers to fill job openings.

Above the FoldJun 16, 2017 - 8:00am
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives. Photographer: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

Let’s Reinvent Apprenticeship in America 

This transformative vision would give the business community the space and incentive to organize and lead their own workforce solutions.

Above the FoldJun 15, 2017 - 3:30pm
USG + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, Q2 2017 Score: 76

Contractors are Optimistic But Fear They Can’t Find Enough Skilled Workers

While two-thirds expect to hire in the next six months, six in ten have trouble finding skilled workers.

Above the FoldApr 10, 2017 - 9:30am
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The State of American Education and Workforce

Opportunity is at the heart of the American Dream, and at the heart of opportunity is a job. When the right person fills the right job, we all benefit—families, neighborhoods, businesses. We all grow and prosper. Yet, there’s a disconnect in our country.

Above the FoldJan 28, 2017 - 4:45pm
Education and Innovation are Keys to Minneapolis Business Success

Education and Innovation are Keys to Minneapolis Business Success

From the classroom to the football field, leaders in Minneapolis understand the importance of education in supporting students.

Above the FoldJan 27, 2017 - 4:30pm
Betsy DeVos, secretary of education nominee for President Donald Trump.

Michigan Chamber Chief Backs DeVos to Run Education Department

“Betsy DeVos will be great for kids!” said Michigan Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Richard Studley

Above the FoldJan 25, 2017 - 3:45pm
Children at KIPP Northstar Academy working hard.

Video Series: Giving A Voice To Tomorrow

The Achieving Tomorrow’s Voices project is a creative video campaign that highlights the importance of joint success in education.