Teachers Levy Accusations against Online School Operator

K12 Inc., the Virginia-based operator of the California Virtual Academies (CAVA) came under fire recently as 16 teachers within the network lodged a laundry list of complaints.

Noteworthy allegations among the 69 total include misappropriated funds, oversized classes, inflated enrollment, attendance issues, and accessibility issues concerning sensitive student data. 

The teachers behind the complaint are part of the California Virtual Educators Organizing Committee, which has been trying to get onboard and unionize with the California Teachers Association.

Katrina Abston, CAVA’s head of school, dismissed the complaints and attributed them as being perpetuated by various labor organizations.

The teachers involved say that the unionization efforts are part of an effort to improve conditions and ultimately academic results.

CAVA and other virtual schools around the country have been criticized for lower academic performance, with other states closing schools or opting out of contracts with operators like K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. is the country’s largest provider of virtual schools and is a publically traded company. 

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