The Williams Complaints Procedures establishes the Santa Clara County Office of Education policy to provide public school pupils with equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. 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 included nearly 100 San Francisco County pupils, 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 pupils with equal access to instructional materials, safe and decent school facilities, and qualified teachers. After four years of intense litigation, the parties in the case reached a Settlement Agreement on August 13, 2004. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed laws implementing the legislative proposals set forth in the parties' Settlement Agreement on September 29, 2004.
Parents or guardians who wish to file a complaint regarding Williams compliance may do so by visiting the SCCOE Uniform Complaint Procedures page at
SCCOE Uniform Complaint Procedures or by contacting:
Assistant Superintendent – Student Services and Support Division
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131