issue

Education

1 in 3

EIGHTH GRADERS
IS PROFICIENT OR
ABOVE IN MATH,
SCIENCE, OR READING

65%

OF ALL JOBS

WILL REQUIRE POST-
SECONDARY TRAINING
BY 2020

29%

AMOUNT MORE
PER PUPIL

THE U.S. SPENDS
THAN OTHER OECD
COUNTRIES.

Download Business Forward’s latest report:

We’re failing our kids: graduates from high school are lacking the basics and entering the workforce unprepared for the 21st century.

It’s hurting their future, and it’s hurting the economy: by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the economy will require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. Even now, employers are struggling to find qualified candidates for vital positions sitting empty.

Business leaders need good schools: to train employees, to attract and retain talent, and for their own children’s future.

Download Small Business Owners’ View of Public Schools and Education Reform.

Business Leaders on Education

Current curriculum and methodologies do not meet the needs of business or society, in general. There needs to be a serious restructuring of the system.

K. PennAtlanta, GA

When considering relocating, good schools are a primary consideration for both companies and prospective employees.

P. MorganSan Antonio, TX

It is important for the business community to…advocate for increased flexibility around school models, staffing plans, and performance-based pay.

L. TalbotNew York, NY

The business community should get more involved in ensuring that the local schools prepare local students for local jobs rather than always looking to recruit from out of area.

K. StadelmanSunnyvale, CA

Give your business advice on education.