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Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
March 14, 2022

 

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

 

Legislative Update to the Williams Case and Schools Identified for Monitoring

Governor Gavin Newsom approved Assembly Bill (AB) 599 (Chapter 667, Statutes of 2021) on October 8, 2021, directing the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a new list of schools, including charters, for monitoring by county offices of education (COE) required by the Williams Case, commencing with the 2021–22 school year.

AB 599 revises California Education Code (EC) Section 1240, which prescribes the duties, responsibilities, and general powers of COEs, including the jurisdictional monitoring of schools, including charter schools, for the following:

  • Teacher misassignments and teacher vacancies, pursuant to EC Section 44258.9

  • Instructional materials sufficiency, pursuant to EC Section 60119

  • School facilities, pursuant to EC Section 17592.72

  • The accuracy of data reported on school accountability report cards with respect to instructional materials sufficiency and conditions of school facilities

COEs and local educational agencies should review the revision of EC Section 1240 to confirm their understanding of the continued monitoring and reporting requirements of the law.

The revision of EC Section 1240 requires the CDE to develop a new list of schools identified for monitoring by COEs based upon the following criteria specified by AB 599:

  • All schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement and additional targeted support and improvement pursuant to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Public Law 114-95)

  • Or identified as low performing under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Public Law 89-10), or any subsequent amendments to that act

(For the 2021–22 school year and until a new list of federally identified schools is established, the Superintendent shall use the list of schools identified in the 2019–20 fiscal year for comprehensive support and improvement and for additional targeted support and improvement.)

  • All schools where 15 percent or more of the teachers are holders of any authorization that is a lesser certification than a preliminary or clear California teaching credential

(The list of schools excludes alternative schools defined in EC Section 52052(d) and other schools accepted for participation in the Dashboard Alternative School Status program.)

The new list of schools identified for monitoring is now available on the Williams Case – Schools Identified for Monitoring web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/willamsmonitoring.asp. Additional information, including a list of frequently asked questions, and a link to EC Section 1240 are also available on this web page.

If you have any questions about the schools identified for monitoring under the Williams Case, please contact the Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division by email at LCFFESSAdata@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,


Mary Nicely
Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Last Reviewed: Monday, March 14, 2022

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