Williams Compliance

In 2000 a lawsuit was filed in San Francisco County Superior Court 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 and is known as the Williams Settlement. As a result of the Williams case, legislation was enacted that called for county superintendents to annually visit decide 1-3 schools to ensure their compliance with the Williams Legislation and also to report annually to the district governing board, the county board of education and the county board of supervisors on the status of those schools.

Fundamentally, there should be no disparity in the adequacy of textbooks, housing, and staffing for California’s public school students. San Bernardino County Schools staff work collaboratively with Hesperia Unified School District to assure that students and schools receive the necessary resources to achieve its mission of educating all children.

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