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This Just In: CA Virtual Academy Pays Little to Teachers, Assigns Too Many Students, Rakes in Money, Loathes Unions

Yesterday morning Diane Ravitch posted a press release from union organizers in Souther California announcing the decision of educators at California Virtual Academies (CAVA) to authorize a strike after over a year trying to negotiate their first contract with CAVA administration. The last paragraph of the press release follows:

K12, Inc. and CAVA, who bitterly fought the unionization of CAVA teachers and their representation by the California Teachers Association, have been plagued by other issues reflecting poor management. Last year CAVA agreed to a $168.5 million settlement with the California Attorney General over concerns related to business practices, student performance, and use of public funds. Last month CAVA was required to pay back nearly $2 million to the State of California based on ongoing problems with the reporting of attendance, teacher to pupil ratios and student progress. CVEU believes its unionization and a strong contact settlement will help make kids, not profits, more of a priority for CAVA management.

Looks to me like CAVA has some loose change in their cash register! I’m willing to bet that even after CAVA had to fork out $170,000,000 in fines that their shareholders are still happy…. and still unwilling to recognize the need to pay teachers well or assign caseloads that will ensure higher success rates for the students who opt for on-line instruction. But higher pay for teachers and lower caseloads will diminish profits… and profits are all that matter in a private enterprise.

 

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