I worked at Edkey for many years. I stuck with it because I loved my coworkers and the wonderful students. What started off as a great place to work gradually turned into a stressful environment due to district level administration. The concept of having each site be unique was dismantled due to upper management wanting the sites to operate the same. That is completely impossible since there is a range of schools from a deaf school, to a traditional school, to a homeless school, to an arts school, to an online school, etc.
Edkey grew too big and too fast for its own good. The mission is so far off from that of the original CEO who was kind-hearted and fair. All the best talent has left for much greener pastures. In addition, you have to play the game. If you don't keep your mouth shut and just smile you will be scorned. There is too much nepotism and too many conflicts of interest at the district level.
Upper management is getting paid while anyone below is getting crumbs. When I say the pay is low, I mean it is very low. There is no reason that a teacher who has worked at Edkey for about 10 years should be making under $40,000. There is no salary scale, just what you can negotiate. The financial situation for this organization is very shady. Although the people at each individual site are great to work with, it almost seems that there is a need to band together due to the lack of resources and the micromanagement from the people at the top. I would never recommend any of my friends or family to work here.
Coworkers and students
District level management, low pay, lack of transparency