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State Verifies Choice By 750 Employees of Affiliate of K12, Inc.
SACRAMENTO — A clear majority of educators employed by the California Virtual Academies (CAVA), an online charter school affiliated with K12, Inc., have signed petitions to join the California Teachers Association (CTA). Their majority status was recently affirmed by the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), paving the way for the successful unionization of California’s largest virtual public school.
K12, Inc., a for-profit company, is the nation’s largest online education corporation and CAVA will be the first of its affiliates to successfully unionize. As education technology increasingly transforms the ways teachers teach and students learn, this decision by 750 online CAVA instructors is aimed at protecting California’s students in the growing virtual schools industry by ensuring that public resources are focused on classroom instruction.
“Over the years we have seen many changes at our schools as enrollment has increased and new technology has transformed virtual education,” says Cara Bryant of Davis, a teacher at CAVA for the past eight years and a member of the CAVA union organizing committee of nearly 50 educators. “Though some of those changes have been positive, we are concerned that many have had a negative impact on our students. Turnover for both teachers and students has increased. Less time is focused on instruction. Our students deserve more. By forming a union, we will better be able to ensure that students and learning remain at the center of what our schools do as technology changes our classrooms.”
CAVA educators serve about 16,000 students. The CAVA union organizing website is www.CAvirtualeducators.org
“The CAVA teachers have spoken,” said Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member CTA. “They clearly desire to improve their profession and student learning by exercising their legal rights to unionize and collectively bargain. We expect CAVA management to respect these teachers and come to the bargaining table sooner than later.”
In a letter sent to CAVA's Head of Schools at the company’s Simi Valley headquarters, dozens of CAVA teachers asked the school's administration “to abide by California law and respect our democratically made decision by recognizing our union.”
For more information, please contact:
CAVA Union Organizing Committee
P.O. Box 2158
Davis, CA 95617