As children across the United States return to the familiar sounds of school bells and classrooms, 72 million children in the developing world remain in fields, mines and sweatshops. Many of these children have never been inside a classroom, and without innovative leadership, they never will be.
On Sept. 20, President Obama will join other world leaders in New York for the Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. The purpose of the summit is to accelerate progress toward meeting the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which aim to reduce poverty worldwide. One of these goals calls for achieving universal primary education by 2015.
The AFT is urging members to sign a petition (http://action.aft.org/c/44/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=279) calling on President Obama to ensure all children have access to high-quality basic education.