Education | U.S. Chamber of Commerce


A strong education system is crucial to preparing young 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 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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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.

Press ReleaseJun 15, 2017 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Applauds Workforce Development Executive Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue issued the following statement today on President Trump’s executive order related to workforce development:

Above the FoldApr 10, 2017 - 9:30am

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.

LetterFeb 06, 2017 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Opposing H.J. Res. 57, Disapproving the Rule Relating to Accountability and State Plans Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965

This letter opposing H.J. Res. 57, disapproving under the CRA the rule submitted by the Department of Education regarding accountability and state plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, was sent to all Members of Congress.

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.