The Williams Case Lawsuit
The Eliezer Williams, et al., vs. State of California, et al. (Williams) case was filed as a class action in 2000 in San Francisco County Superior Court. The plaintiffs include nearly 100 San Francisco County students, who filed suit against the State of California and state education agencies, including the 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 teachers.
The case was settled in 2004, resulting in the state allocating additional funding for standards-aligned instructional materials for schools in the first and second ranks (known as deciles) determined through the 2003 Academic Performance Index (API) Base.
Also, as a result of the Williams case, the CDE has proposed changes to the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) template that all schools must update and publish annually. The proposed changes will help all schools report the overall condition of their facilities, the number of teacher misassignments and vacant teacher positions, and the availability of textbooks or instructional materials.
ARUSD Schools under Williams Settlement:
- Dorsa Elementary
- George Middle School
- Lyndale Elementary
- Mathson Institute of Technology
Williams Uniform Complaint forms:
For additional information on the Williams Case, please click the link below:
For questions regarding Williams Settlement, please contact:
Sandra Garcia, Director of State and Federal Programs
Elisapeta Ugapo, Administrative Assistant of State and Federal Programs