Williams v. California: Expert Witness Report and Testimony
On the 46th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education in 2000, a group of civil rights litigators brought a class-action lawsuit against the State of California, alleging that the state had denied its children many of the "basic educational necessities," including access to textbooks, safe and clean facilities, and qualified teachers. So miserable were the conditions under which some students were compelled to learn that it "shocked the conscience." Pursuant to the request of the plaintiffs' attorneys, YELP conducted an extensive and detailed research project regarding the conditions and resources that the state itself suggested were necessary for children to meet the state's own academic content standards in Math, English Language Arts, History-Social Science, and Science. That lengthy report was introduced as evidence in the matter and YELP's director was deposed over several days regarding its content. The Williams litigation was later settled on terms that provided for a new system of ensuring that children attend decent school facilities, have access to a qualified teacher, have textbooks and instructional materials to use, and a method to identify and complain about deficiencies in those services.