Meet ED, our community currency: he's an orange kitty who represents one
hour of volunteer work toward a pro-public education cause or
(By pro-public education, we mean that public education is a
public good that must continually be improved and strengthened to
deliver on its promise of universal, just, equitable, free learning
available to all. Equity in resources, in teacher quality, facilities,
equipment, access, curriculum, and relevancy are all part of this public
good. Transparency, good governance/local control, and accountability to publicly-elected officials are non-negotiable.)
A ducat is an old-fashioned name for a gold coin.
(Dubloon was too long to fit on the cat, and too pirate-y.) "E" stands for electronic or
virtual, since there are no actual ducats changing hands.
believe that volunteer hours spent canvassing, socializing on social
media, phonebanking, and chatting up your friends and colleagues and public officials as you advocate for
public education are worth their weight in gold.
Since our current
political system really only recognizes money, we felt it was time to
make VISIBLE all the volunteer hours pro-public education advocates
lavish on their local schools, school districts, and state and federal
lawmakers as these grassroots volunteers advance the cause of a quality public
education for every child.So the ED is a form of time-based
We hope that by announcing a rich treasure trove of volunteer
hours pledged to a candidate, for example, that we can re-assert the
power of the authentic grassroots volunteer who willingly gives her or
his time to promote common goods. This is how we fight back against the
flood of money posing as "speech."
This is how we take back power from a
system that's out of kilter, and start demanding that the political
world recognize valuable volunteer time spent mobilizing for education justice in the form of e-ducats.