KIDS NOT PROFITS:
Kids Not Profits campaign calls for Charter School Accountability and Exposing Billionaires' Agenda
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CAVA AND PERB:
California Virtual Academy (CAVA) educators praised Attorney General’s $168.5 million settlement over alleged K12 Inc. violations in California; CAVA teachers stand ready to negotiate further improvements for students after Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) declares CTA as exclusive representative. Get details on the settlement and PERB decision
Teachers in the state's largest online charter school, CAVA, are leading the fight for improvements in online charter schools not just in CA but across the country. Recent research pointed to significant problems in the rapidly expanding online charter sector that are negatively affecting academic outcomes for students. These problems include poor regulatory oversight and accountability to taxpayers, and an outright failure on the part of the industry to invest in front-line teachers. A two-part exposé from San Jose Mercury News documented questionable CAVA and K12 Inc. management actions done in the name of profit, adding to the urgency for scrutiny.
The purpose of charter schools is to create new professional opportunities for teachers to improve student learning while encouraging the use of different and innovative teaching methods. Inherent in the concept of charter schools is the belief that meaningful educational reform must be developed at the local site level and with the full participation of all “stakeholders” – teachers and other school employees, school board members and other elected officials, parents, guardians and other community residents.
CTA believes charter schools have a role in California’s education system by providing students, parents and teachers with educational opportunities in the public school setting.
All charter school employees should be organized to ensure both quality education for students and professional rights for school employees. Teachers in charter schools should hold a Commission on Teacher Credentialing certificate, permit, or other document equivalent to those required for other public school teachers.
Charter schools shall comply with all state required accountability and testing requirements. All records maintained by charter schools shall be available to the public in the same manner as those of school districts. All open meetings and public record laws shall apply to charter schools.
The granting of charters shall only be through school districts for schools within the boundaries of the school district. Satellites, branches and auxiliaries of charter schools shall be approved as separate charter schools using and subject to the state-wide limit on the number of charter schools.
No charter school shall discriminate against a student because of race, language, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status or economic status.