Where the Money Goes

Education dollars should be invested in our classrooms, not sent out of state to fund exorbitant executive salaries


How much better off would our students be if class sizes were smaller, we had less teacher turnover, and CAVA teachers had time to focus more on instruction than on our ever-changing and expanding administrative responsibilities?


CAVA generally receives the same ADA as traditional brick and mortar schools in California. This is more than enough public money to reduce class sizes and allow teachers to spend more time focused on instruction. Unfortunately, too large a share of those resources (money that comes from California tax payer pockets) are shipped out of state each year to K-12 for curriculum, technology, and management services.


A surprising amount goes to subsidize K-12 executive salaries that are off the charts. Recently, the Center for Media and Democracy came out with a report that identified ex-K12 CEO Ron Packard as the “country’s highest paid teacher.” Though calling Packard a “teacher” is debatable, the report’s numbers are important to read:


“Packard made more than $19 million in compensation between 2009 and 2013, despite the alarming fact that only 28 percent of K12 Inc. cyber schools met state standards in 2010-2011, compared to 52 percent of public schools. Center for Media and Democracy estimates that K12 Inc. makes 86 percent of its revenue from the taxpayers.”(http://www.prwatch.org/news/2014/02/12393/new-report-exposes-america%E2%80%99s-highest-paid-government-workers)


When our workload increases, our students receive less attention. Additionally, our hard working CAVA colleagues have compensation packages that are approximately half of what surrounding district teachers make. The work stress combined with low compensation means high turnover—a problem that creates further instability in the classroom.


In this context, it’s hard to imagine how K12 can justify having paid Packard such an exorbitant sum of money. Shouldn’t our public resources be focused on the classroom, not used to pad K-12 executive salaries?


By organizing our union at CAVA, we will help CAVA/K-12 reprioritize and focus resources were they are needed- in the classroom.


We need your input!


Make sure to fill out the bargaining survey to help identify our priorities for how resources should best be used (let us know if you need to be added to the mailing list to receive surveys). Please check back here frequently for updates about our union organizing.


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