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Virtual School Teachers Organize


Online teachers in California recently won a victory in the effort to organize the state’s charter schools. The state Public Employee Relations Board ruled that 750 teachers working for the state’s largest online charter school, California Virtual Academies (CAVA), could be represented by California Virtual Educators United, part of the California Teachers Association. CAVA is run by a for-profit corporation, which makes organizing even more important in terms of accountability and transparency. “I think that having for-profit company so involved in a public school creates a conflict that’s bad for our students,” says CAVA teacher Sarah Vigrass.

Among growing frustrations of the virtual teachers are the fact that, due to cost saving measures, they end up doing a lot of administrative work that should be delegated to support staff; they earn about half of what traditional teachers make; and they have no due process, which makes it difficult to advocate for students.

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