Study Says Schools Improving

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 13, 2007

Brooks Allen with the American Civil Liberties Union says the report finds children are receiving textbooks, school facilities are in better repair and more teachers have proper credentials.

"In the first two school years following the settlement, students received 88,000 textbooks and other instruction materials they needed and did not have before the Williams site visits and districts have completed more than 3,400 emergency health and safety repairs."

The suit was settled three years ago and resulted in a package of laws requiring county superintendents to monitor the lowest-achieving schools.

Critics of the settlement say there’s no evidence that it’s helped close an achievement gap.