Press Release

U.S. Chamber Commends White House for Launching 'Educate to Innovate' Initiative

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Backed by a $500,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) will lead its members in a national, state, and local effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, reinforcing the tenets of the White House 'Educate to Innovate' initiative announced today by the president.
 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Education Department's 'Race to the Top' Guidance Program

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the Department of Education's guidance on the distribution of the $4.3 billion Race to the Top Fund which was enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  This program is designed as one of the administration's key vehicles for promoting K-12 education reform throughout the nation. 
 

U.S. Chamber Supports Carnegie Report Calling for Higher Levels of Math & Science Learning

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) today praised the findings of a report issued by the Carnegie Corporation of New York-Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education. The report offers a series of recommendations detailing what innovations are needed, and who must implement them—or is already doing so—if math and science education is to be transformed for all students in the United States.
 

U.S. Chamber’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce Receives $2.6 Million Grant From Gates Foundation

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) today announced a $2.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and train a network of business leaders dedicated to improving education in communities nationwide. 
 

U.S. Chamber Joins Forces with NEA & NAM on Tough Choices Education Reform Initiative

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today joined forces with the nation’s largest teachers’ union and the National Association of Manufacturers to ask states to give a fair trial to the education reform initiatives outlined in Tough Choices or Tough Times, the report of the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.  
 

U.S. Chamber Welcomes Secretary Duncan’s Remarks on Education Reform Funding

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today welcomed remarks by Education Secretary Arne Duncan regarding the use of stimulus funds to tackle such reform issues as teacher accountability, the expansion of school terms, innovation and evaluation, and tying student achievement to international benchmarks.
 

U.S. Chamber: Business Community Plays Vital Role in the Success of Workforce Investment Programs

December 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today in testimony on Capitol Hill Karen Elzey, vice president and executive director of the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stressed the important role the business community plays in ensuring that training programs under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) meet the needs of both job seekers and employers.   
 

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