Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.
Business Roundtable supports policies that will support a world-class workforce equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to help America lead in global innovation, drive robust economic growth and foster job creation. We are committed to ensuring all students and workers are prepared to work and ready to succeed.
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As employers, our members know that a prepared workforce powers economic growth and leads to individual prosperity. Preparedness starts with a solid educational foundation. The K-12 education programs that would be reauthorized provide states, districts, schools and teachers with the resources they need to make sure all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to take on college or a career.
A quality postsecondary education is foundational to workforce preparedness – both for workplace productivity and individual success. U.S. employers increasingly need highly skilled employees to compete globally, and individuals generally receive increased economic benefits based on their education levels. Federal policies should support America’s skills needs and expand postsecondary opportunities to more students.
BRT remains very concerned about the negative impact many of the Proposed Rule's policies would have on employers and employees alike. We urge the Department to rescind the current NPRM and immediately reevaluate the methodology used to determine the proposed salary threshold.
[If] the Administration believes there is a need to improve contractor compliance with labor laws, it should work with Congress and ensure that any legislation increases efficiency and saves money. The current proposal will do little to achieve these goals and will result in huge costs to the federal government, contractors, small businesses and ultimately American taxpayers.
We appreciate the Senate’s bipartisan efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, but more work must be done to guarantee all students graduate from high school with the tools necessary to succeed in college and careers.