Protecting the Right to Education in California. Information Courtesy Brooks Allen Director of Education Advocacy, ACLU of Southern California. Education is a fundamental right under the California Constitution. The Supreme Court has ruled that there is
Information Courtesy Brooks Allen
Director of Education Advocacy, ACLU of Southern California
under the California Constitution.
The Supreme Court has ruled that there is
no right to education under the
“[a] general diffusion of knowledge and intelligence [is] . . . essential to the preservation of the rights and liberties of the people . . . .”
- Article IX, Section 1 of the California Constitution
Public education is “uniquely a fundamental concern of the State and prohibits maintenance and operation of the common public school system in a way which denies basic educational equality to the students."
- Butt v. California (1992).
Class-action lawsuit filed by ACLU, civil rights groups, and attorneys on behalf of students from 18 schools located throughout California.
Charged State of California with failing to fulfill its constitutional obligation to provide all students with the bare essentials necessary for education.
Charged California with violating state and federal requirements that equal access to education be provided without regard to race, color, or national origin.
Press Conference to announce filing of
Williams v. California
Outdated, beat-up, or defaced textbooks
Lack of lab science equipment
No homework due to lack of materials
Rats, mice, cockroaches, etc.
Los Angeles, CA
(Picture taken in 2000)
San Francisco, CA
(Picture taken circa 2000)
Monterey Park, CA
Luther Burbank Middle School
San Francisco, CA
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger celebrates the settlement with Plantiff Williams
WHAT DID THE WILLIAMS SETTLEMENT DO?
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS POSTER?
The Williams settlement requires this notice be posted inside every classroom in California.
Everyone has a right to file a complaint if their rights under the case are violated.
Williams Case Website
FAST FORWARD TO NOW
in spending per pupil
Gap grew over last ten years – To reach the national average in per-pupil spending, California would have to spend an additional $17.3 billion on education – that’s an increase of 32.1%.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
now ranks 50th in
in class sizes
(The highest number of students
per teacher in the country)
In some cases students and families are still asked to pay unconstitutional fees for joining athletic teams, required school activities, uniforms, and mandatory equipment
Research & Educate
Local + State Advocacy
Director of Education Advocacy
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU)
1313 West Eighth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Information and some images courtesy