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Williams Settlement

The Williams case legislation requires school districts to use its uniform complaint process to help identify and resolve any deficiencies related to instructional materials, teacher vacancy or miss-assignment, and emergency or urgent facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of the pupils or staff.

Williams' Posting

Pursuant to California Education Code section 35186, you are hereby notified that:
  • There should be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials. That means each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.
  • School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.
  • There should be no teacher vacancies or misassignments. 
    • Missassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.
    • Teacher vacancy means a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.
A complaint form may be obtained at the school office, district office, or downloaded from this website.

You may download a copy of the California Department of Education complaint form from the following web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/eo/ce/wc/index.asp

About the Case

The Eliezer Williams, et al., vs State of California, et al. (Williams) case was filed as a class action in 2000 in San Francisco Superior Court. The plaintiffs included nearly 100 San Francisco Coutny students who filed suit against the State of California and state education agencies, including he California Department of Education (CDE). The basis of the lawsuit was that the agencies failed to provide public school students with equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teacher. (California Department of Education - Explanation)


For more information

Uniform Compliant Procedures Annual Notice for 2016-2017

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