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New Chamber Report Advises Business to Support High-Quality Education in Public Charter Schools

Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 8:00pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Facing an unprecedented need for a highly educated workforce enabling America to compete in the global economy, businesses and chambers of commerce across the nation should serve as catalysts for the growing public charter school movement, concludes a new report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce' Institute for a Competitive Workforce.

"With far too many of our public schools producing students unprepared for further education and the jobs of the 21st Century, the number-one challenge for American businesses has become the availability of high-quality human talent," said Arthur Rothkopf, Senior Vice President at the Chamber. "However, businesses and chambers of commerce at the local level can help reverse this trend by assisting the dynamic growth of public charter schools that are making a difference in the lives of millions of young students."

The report, "Corporations, Chambers, and Charters: How Businesses Can Support High-Quality Public Charter Schools," also serves as a guide for businesses and chambers to get involved with charter schools, recommending four key actions:


  • Build a robust supply of high-quality new schools in the communities that need them
  • Fuel the pipeline of human capital needed to operate the schools
  • Address critical operational challenges the schools face
  • Forge charter-friendly public policies through state and local lawmaking

"Public charter schools are without a doubt one of the nation's most promising efforts to produce more great public schools," said Rothkopf. "With the critical need for a well-educated workforce, we must do everything we can to improve the supply."

The Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) is holding its national education and workforce meeting this week in Philadelphia where over 200 business, education, and training professionals will discuss strategies and solutions to improve public education and workforce development in America. ICW promotes high educational standards and effective workforce training systems so that they are aligned with each other and with today's rigorous business demands.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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