What is the Williams 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 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.

As a result of the Williams case, the School Accountability Report Card reports the overall condition of the school facility, the number of teacher misassignments and vacancies, and the availability of textbooks or instructional materials.

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