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Williams Case

Information on the landmark Superior Court case to provide all students equal access to instructional materials, safe schools, and quality teachers.

Introduction

The term “Williams” is commonly used to refer to several issues for which standards of service were established in a 2004 settlement to a lawsuit (see “Background” link below for more information). As a part of the settlement, California created new state law (sections of Education Code) stipulating that certain levels of service must be maintained by California school districts in the service of students, their parents and guardians, and the local educators. Additionally, the settlement established regular formal monitoring for “Williams” issues, and it created complaint procedures for anyone with concerns regarding compliance to the laws. In 2021, California modified the law for monitoring to revise the formula for determining schools for regular review (see “Monitoring” link below for more information).

Issues Covered by Williams

Instructional materials
Answers to frequently asked questions and details for complaint procedures.

Facilities
Answers to frequently asked questions and details for complaint procedures.

Teacher Misassignments
Answers to frequently asked questions and details for complaint procedures.

Charter Schools
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding how these laws apply to charter schools.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Responses
Answers the most frequently asked questions regarding how the Williams Case is affected by COVID-19.

Monitoring Information

Monitoring
The process (established in law) by which County Offices of Education review schools and school districts for compliance to the various issues addressed in the Williams lawsuit settlement and the current list of sites subject to regular monitoring.

Letter to the Field: New List for Monitoring
2021-22 Williams List of Schools Identified for Monitoring

Background Information

Background
Explanation of the original lawsuit and settlement, initial correspondence to school districts, and more.

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | cfird@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
Last Reviewed: Monday, June 6, 2022
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