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 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.

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.

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.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2018 - 1:15pm
The "Building the Workforce of the Future" Display

Show, Don’t Tell: Art Installation Showcases How Companies are Building the Workforce of the Future

The U.S. Chamber's new art installation showcases leading employers in workforce development efforts.

Above the FoldMay 28, 2018 - 9:00am
Mortarboards tossed into the air.

Business Offers Path to Purpose for New Grads

As a new class of college graduates enters the workforce, Tom Donohue offers his advice on how to maximize their impact on the world.

Above the FoldMay 08, 2018 - 10:00am
Richard Cordray, former director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, testified before the Senate Banking Committee in 2016.

Henry Fonda May Have Something to Say to Richard Cordray

The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection has the opportunity to make meaningful changes to create a more mature, data-driven agency.

Above the FoldApr 23, 2018 - 9:00am
Workforce development

Workforce Investments Must Start Early

Participation in high-quality early education can help ensure that all students start kindergarten ready to learn and thrive.

Above the FoldJan 30, 2018 - 1:30pm

The Student Debt Mountain – A Crisis or a Development?

Despite the pain, the rise in student loan debt has not led to an unsustainable increase in household debt.

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.