Equality Extends to Playgrounds

The "Williams Settlement" filed in 2000 on behalf of San Francisco County students requires annual inspections of low-achieving schools to guard against substandard conditions. It was during a Williams Audit that Mintie White Elementary School was dinged for the poor condition of its playground. But inspector Nancy Serigstad from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education also told Principal de Santa Anna about the possibility of getting the state grant to replace the unsafe and unsightly playground.

De Santa Anna was able to tap into $289,000 of the $800 million the state set aside for emergency repairs in the 2004 Williams case settlement. Read more about the Williams funds and Mintie White Elementary School Playground.