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We are in the midst of an education crisis: 100 million young children will never get a chance to attend school while another 250 million go to school yet leave without ever having learned how to read, write, or use basic numbers. Massive human potential is untapped, and the world is poorer and less productive as a result.

Progress by governments and the international community towards the lack of access to quality education, as well as the number of out-of-school children, has been frustratingly inadequate. The pace of school construction has been painfully slow and the global shortage of teachers, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, is growing. UNESCO projects that countries will need an extra 69 million teachers in classrooms in order to achieve universal primary education by 2030. …

By Matt Keller; Vice President, Democracy 21

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Next week the House of Representatives will consider H.R. 1, the most sweeping anti-corruption measure since the Watergate reforms of the mid-1970s. This represents a once-in-a-generation chance of changing the way Washington works for the better.

Twenty years ago, as legislative director of Common Cause, I was at the center of a fight for comprehensive campaign finance reform that resulted in the passage of the McCain-Feingold bill. I remember thinking that I was part of a change that happens only once in a generation. Being able to work closely with Sen. …


Matt Keller

Matt Keller of Democracy 21 helps lead lobbying efforts on campaign finance, voting rights and ethics reform. Former UN and lead of Global Learning XPRIZE.

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