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Charter School Educators Come Back to Capitol for Day 2 of Meetings with Lawmakers and Staff

(Photo above) Assembly Majority Leader Manuel Perez (D-Indio) asks teachers at the California Virtual Academy to give him additional examples of situations they point to that are hampering the educational success of the students they serve.

The educators noted that too much of their time – some days as much as 80% -- is being spent performing non-teaching duties, instead of addressing students’ needs.

In addition, a large percentage of the public moneys CAVA receives are being sent directly to the out-of-state and for-profit company that provides their K-12 curriculum, technology, and management services.

CAVA employs more than 750 educators teaching in the statewide virtual charter. These educators recently voted to form a union and affiliate with CTA, but the charter school administration – despite a decision in favor of the union by the Public Employment Relations Board – has not recognized the union. The administration has been seeking to avoid negotiating in good faith over a range of issues, including teaching and learning conditions. Instead, the administration is undertaking legal delay tactics.

(Below) Later in the day, the educators discussed the situation with Rick Simpson, a key aide to Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego).

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