ICW is committed to solving the most pressing problems in K-12th grade education, including the persistence of race- and income-based academic achievement gaps at all grade levels and the long-standing dropout crisis plaguing rural and urban high schools. Learn more about our current initiatives, latest news, and policy priorities below:
Use this interactive map to discover how your state ranks in terms of K-12 standards, data systems, charter school laws, teacher policies, student achievement, and more.
In support of our new report, The Case for Being Bold: A New Agenda for Business in Improving STEM Education, ICW wants to ensure that business leaders have everything they need to take action. As such, we’ve put together a host of resources to assist your efforts. Whether you’re a veteran education reformer or a new business champion, we hope you will find our new toolkit on STEM education to be useful as you begin your endeavors to improve our education system.
Modern conservatism comes in two distinct architectural styles. The first seeks to build from scratch, using accurate ideological levels and plumb lines, so every wall is straight and every corner squared. The goal of politics is to apply abstract principles in their purest form. But there is another type of conservatism, often practiced at the state level, which attempts to build out of flawed, existing materials, resulting in some odd angles and incongruous additions.
Supporters of the Common Core State Standards are moving to confront increasingly high-profile opposition to the standards at the state and national levels by rallying the private sector and initiating coordinated public relations and advertising campaigns as schools continue implementation.
Now, more than ever, Michigan's economic future is closely tied to the education of its workforce. Good paying jobs are increasingly requiring more education and the jobs will go where those educated workers can be found.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Statement on Reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA): Guidelines for Strengthening the Law
Read the U.S. Chamber's priorities for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
The Central Florida Education Summit will be hosted by the Central Florida Partnership and sponsored by the Orlando Regional REALTOR Association, in partnership with the National Chamber Foundation, the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, and the Central Florida Public School Board Coalition.
U.S. News STEM Solutions 2013 will bring together business, education and government leaders who have long recognized the need to connect the dots between STEM education and careers. Adding to last year’s successful conference format, the second edition will give more dedicated time for these leaders to interact and collaborate.