Political Giving Competition
For this back-to-school year, we are holding our own competitive grant, deploying our pooled funds to empower our peers to apply what we know in education to ensure that those who seek public office know that we exist.
From accountability provisions to elevating the teaching profession to ensuring meaningful choice and information for parents, we can wonk out like no one else. It's time we made sure that lawmakers not only consider our professional contributions but also recognize that we are constituents, too.
Come join us in deciding how to appropriate our pooled political contributions for this November, anywhere on the ballot. We know that a healthy democracy requires active participation, so come join us at the table.
- By August 31 (11:59 p.m.) confirm who is on your Team by submitting a Cover Sheet (available for download here);
- By September 21, submit your Slate Template (provided to those who have submitted a Cover Sheet)
- (approx.) October 1-5 Allies will rank choice vote;
- By October 19, Checks will be distributed, in advance of Election Day.
- Proposed slates must be submitted by Teams, each with at least 5 Allies, all in good standing and all currently registered voters in that state. "In good standing" means that each member is a currently registered voter and must have made their personal "modest, but meaningful" contribution to Allies for Educational Equity within one year of the September 1 deadline.
- New Allies may be recruited to join a Team, provided each meets the above criteria. New Allies can text "Allies" to 52886 to join or click here.
- Can I still see and vote, even if I don't help write one for my own state? Yes. Every Ally in good standing (currently registered voter in state and having made a modest-but-meaningful contribution within one year of Sept. 1) is invited to participate in the voting process in October. You just can't vote on a slate for your own state, whether or not you participated in the slate-writing process.
- Must a team have pooled at least $5,000 to participate? No. The total number of states that can "win" will depend on funds available, so we trust that everyone will continue to follow through on each of their commitments.
- In my day job I am involved with the 2018 elections. Is it ok or not ok for me to participate? Any participation in Allies for Educational Equity electoral giving is in a personal capacity, not as a representative of your employer. However, you should check with your employer to determine if there are any restrictions on your personal participation in these types of activities during an election cycle.
- My day job has nothing to do with the politics of education, so I don't know a whole lot about elections, who is running in my state, etc. Can I participate? YES! After all, you are an Ally (you have put your own skin in the game to be part of this community of peers nationwide), you are a constituent, and - perhaps most importantly - you happen to know a lot about either/both practice or policy in education. Check out who else in your state is already an Ally and consider reaching out to join - or build - a team!
- Can there be more than one Team / Slate submitted from a single state? Sure, provided that there is not overlap between Teams (one Ally per Slate per State) and understanding that Allies will not be able to vote on a slate developed by their own state, even if they were not part of the Slate writing process.
- I work on regional or national issues and am more knowledgeable about other states policy and/or political activity than my own. Can I participate in a slate-writing team for another state than my own? We encourage everyone to engage across all lines of difference, which could include geographic, and your insight could be of value to the State Team preparing a slate for their home state. However, only registered voters of a state can be named as formal Team Members for a given state slate.
- I recently moved but spent many years working in education in another state. Can I participate in the slate-writing team for that state? Like in #6, we definitely encourage sharing knowledge and expertise with your peers. However, because you are no longer a resident of that state (and should be a currently registered voter wherever you are living now), you can only participate as a team member in the state where you now live (and, again, must be in good standing to do so).
- How many state slates will "win"? We hope to provide $5,000 in contributions to 6 states, but the final count will ultimately depend on available cash on hand, which is contingent on the count of Allies, new and veteran, in Good Standing.
- Will winning states be determined solely from the nationwide vote by Allies in October? The nationwide vote will be a Rank Choice Vote from which ranked slates will emerge. From there the Allies for Educational Equity Board will review make a final judgement, informed by legal guidance on campaign finance laws and requirements and our Giving Principles.
- Must the slates be bi-partisan? No. The politics of education (...er, of anything, especially right now) are tricky everywhere, so we defer to you and your teams for what makes the most sense. If your team makes the case that the slate should be bi or multi-partisan, go for it; if the case can be made that only one party should be considered for contributions - given alignment with AEE Giving Principles and the context where you are - go for it. If all contributions are for non-partisan races, and a good case can be made for it, go for it.
- What's the expected time commitment and expectation of knowledge to participate on a State Team? While State Teams must have at least 5 Allies in good standing be signed on to participate, that just means that the final template submitted (by September 21) will have been signed off on by each of those members. It doesn't presume that each person brings the same level of bandwidth or knowledge of the electoral or political landscape. Gaining consensus could mean that those members who are better informed have the onus of making the case to their peers, and the peers who are newer to the politics of education have the opportunity to pose questions, informed by our shared Giving Principles.