Report 2012-108 Recommendation 12 Responses

Report 2012-108: School Safety and Nondiscrimination Laws: Most Local Educational Agencies Do Not Evaluate the Effectiveness of Their Programs, and the State Should Exercise Stronger Leadership (Release Date: August 2013)

Recommendation #12 To: Sacramento City Unified School District

To ensure that it is effectively preventing and addressing incidents of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in its schools, Sacramento City Unified should notify all complainants of the right to appeal its decisions to Education.

60-Day Agency Response

The District's complaint acknowledgement letter has been modified to inform complainants of their right to appeal decisions to the Department of Education.

  • Completion Date: July 2013
  • Response Date: December 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Fully Implemented

The district has fully implemented this recommendation by updating its acknowledgement letter template, which now contains the following paragraph:

"Additionally, please be advised that in the event that you are dissatisfied with the District's decision/outcome of your complaint, you may appeal in writing to the California Department of Education within 15 days of receiving the district's decision. For good cause, the Superintendent of Public Instruction may grant an extension for filing appeals. (CCR 4652) For your reference, the California Department of Education website is"

All Recommendations in 2012-108

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.