On June 28th, members of California Virtual Educators United (CVEU) and other CTA affiliated unions took to the streets of Palo Alto, CA and Simi Valley, CA.
The purpose of our Palo Alto action was to deliver our petition to Jake Reynolds, General Partner at Technology Crossover Ventures and Member of the K12 Board of Directors. K12 has direct influence over the management at CAVA including allocation of resources and school wide goals. CAVA teachers hand delivered the petition to Jake Reynolds’ office in the hopes of gaining an audience with Jake Reynolds and to open a line of communication between our union and K12. After speaking with Mr. Reynolds’ assistant it was made clear that he would not have time to meet with our representatives.
Our purpose for the Simi Valley action was to deliver our petition to Katrina Abston, Head of Schools for CAVA/K12. K12 has direct influence over the management at CAVA including allocation of resources and school wide goals. CVEU hand delivered the petition to Katrina Abston’s office in the hopes of directly speaking with Ms. Abston about the numerous issues affecting our teachers and students. We were greeted by CAVA’s receptionist. It was made clear that Ms. Abston was out of the office on June 28th. We were disappointed regarding Ms. Abston’s absence from CAVA’s main office so close to the end of the 2015-16 school year.
We have tried for two years to meet and speak with members of K12 and its board to express concerns over poor management at CAVA. Low student performance, high teacher turnover, and low enrollment are all key indications that the management at CAVA is sorely lacking clear guidance and the ability to lead and inspire the teachers. The changes we are requesting at CAVA will not only help teachers and students but it will also help CAVA as a whole grow and flourish.
With the recent PERB decision officially certifying our union, as well as the recent settlement between K12, Inc. and the California Attorney General, CAVA must sit down and work with teachers to make our school better. We look forward to that process.
The petition is still open for you to encourage your family and friends to join fellow teachers in showing support for your students and your school. CAVA has the support of over 325,000 active and retired CTA members and the support of colleagues from across the nation. #fixCAVAnow