May 1, 2016
By Doug Cunningham
Workers Independent News
Los Angeles, CA – Teachers organizing a California Teachers Association/National Education Association affiliated union at California's largest online charter school says the school has issues that need to be fixed.
Educators from California Virtual Academies (CAVA) say they have been pushing for improvements to protect their 15,000 students and to improve learning and working conditions at the school.
Sarah Vigrass teaches at CAVA.
[Sarah Vigrass]: "Our CAVA teachers are standing up for change in our school and the online public education sector. We're demanding a voice for online public charter schools to be held to a higher standard of accountability and transparency so that we can ensure that our students and the public who funds our school."
Vigrass says students and teachers do deserve better and giving teachers a real voice in how the school educates would help improve quality at CAVA.
[Sarah Vigrass]: "There's a real disconnect between our administration and the teachers. teachers really don't have a voice at all or a say in school operations. And things are deteriorating for both our staff and our students. And so we are seeking to unionize to have more of a say in the say our school operates, so we can better support our students and keep good teachers at our school."