In May 2000, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the state of California claiming that the state had failed in its duty to provide students in the lowest-performing schools with equal educational opportunity. That lawsuit, known as Williams v. State of California, was settled in August 2004. Through its Education Legal Alliance, the California School Boards Association played a key role in settling the case in such a way as to minimize the negative impacts on districts. CSBA continues to support efforts to truly reform school finance in California to provide adequate funding and educational equity for all students.
The Williams Settlement requires districts and county offices of education to establish complaint procedures for complaints regarding deficiencies in textbooks and instructional materials, urgent or emergency facility conditions, and teacher vacancy or misassignment. These procedures are no longer required for complaints of deficiencies related to the provision of intensive instruction and services to students who have not passed one or both parts of the high school exit examination after the completion of grade 12 since that categorical program was eliminated pursuant to AB 97 (Ch. 47, Statutes of 2013).
Sample Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
School accountability report card
County office of education monitoring and inspection