Opponents of City College takeover to march through SF


Opponents of last week’s decision to revoke the accreditation of City College of San Francisco and place the district under state control until that death sentence becomes official in July 2014 plan to rally and march through San Francisco today [Tues/9] at 4pm.

The procession will begin at the CCSF’s downtown campus at 88 Fourth Street and end outside the U.S. Department of Education -- whose policy of coercing colleges to focus on job training and university prep led to the crackdown on CCSF, as we report in tomorrow’s Guardian -- at 50 Beale Street.

Among the local officials who will join the march are Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson, and Alisa Messer, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, who this morning issued statements condemning the decision by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

“This decision is nothing less than an attack on the people of San Francisco,” Ammiano said. “All of us benefit from having this great 78-year-old institution, whether we take courses or not. San Francisco voters recognized that at the polls just last fall when they passed Proposition A to support the college financially. In addition, the appointment of a state official to manage the school takes away the local voice of CCSF’s duly elected trustees.”

"The quality of education at City College is not in question," said Messer, who is also an English teacher at the college. "For the last year this institution has turned itself upside down to address the recommendations of the Commission, with employees putting in thousands of hours of effort and making huge sacrifices. To be told at the end of this process that the effort has had no impact is simply outrageous."

"City College is vital and has made major progress in turning around many of the shortcomings identified by the Commission," said Paulson. "The actions of the ACCJC – an organization accountable to no one -- have unnecessarily put at risk the livelihoods of the nearly 2,500 hard-working men and women at the college. What’s more, their move to deny CCSF accreditation has imperiled the future of San Francisco's working people, who rely heavily on a CCSF education for workforce training, language learning, and a pathway to better futures for themselves and their communities.”

"The Accrediting Commission's handiwork has not improved educational quality at CCSF," said Messer. "We want a stronger, better college, but in many instances direction from the ACCJC has moved us in the wrong direction. The Accrediting Commission should be accountable for the impact of its actions."

 “The accrediting agency has only worked half-heartedly to support City College, and instead seems bent on tearing it down,” Ammiano said. “The decision needs to be reversed so we can all go to work building on the successes and fixing the few problems, instead of spending our time starting over from scratch because the school was destroyed by naysayers.”


Ammiano speaking the truth. Where the f is Lee in this? Oh, you mean his strong hands op-ed? Strong hands around the neck of the college, strangling it.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

who got the college into this mess in the first place.
and who have managed to remedy a whopping 2 of the 14 violations

yes, I'm all for CCSF and I think that what is happening is a shame, but who are these marchers lashing out at, and is that the right target? Is nobody at the college accountable for anything??

Posted by Guest on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

Ammiano has had plenty of time to blabber his doggerel for years on this subject.

It would be a shame to lose CCSF because of professional idiots like Ammiano and CCSF's political climbers hoping to climb the political latter.

Posted by matlock on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

Berg. Wong. Rodis. Carter. Grier.

Posted by anon on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 6:23 pm

Go look at the 14 so-called violations. They're vague inventions of the ACCJC to justify its existence, push its weight around, and exact revenge on institutions, faculty, and students who won't grovel before it. The "violations" had little to do with CCSF's outstanding academic record; it ranks well in transfer and completion rates, and in GPA.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

to the 14 violations somewhere?

Posted by GuestD on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

Yes, students do have high GPAs, even though around 40% didn't pay tuition last spring, and no one bothered to ask them to pay.

And those 24 professors who haven't taught classes for the past four years should not be asked to teach. Seniority should have benefits, after all.

Posted by Anony on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

We should pay kids to go to college.

Many professors do not teach in many respected institutions of higher learning.

Posted by anon on Jul. 09, 2013 @ 6:24 pm

"Your numerous references to students being able to take classes without paying has led to much public misunderstanding. In the article titled "City College may end free-classes perk" your lead sentence ends "They can take classes without paying the required fees."

"Because of the sensational way this was presented, many of your readers do not understand that a student cannot re-register, get transcript or transfer without paying their fees. Isn't the reality that students can be one semester in arrears before it catches up with them and they have to pay? Regarding the cost accounting isn't there another aspect to this: The liberal policy surely results in some people being in college who would not otherwise. If this policy keeps just 5 people a year in school instead of headed to prison, doesn't that save society financially and otherwise? How about an article on that?"

Source:Rick Sterling
Sr. Development Engineer (retired)
Space Sciences Laboratory
UC Berkeley


Posted by Guest on Jul. 14, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

It was the out-of-control benefits package and working practices that killed CCSF.

The poor thing should be put out of it's misery ASAP.

Posted by Guest on Jul. 15, 2013 @ 4:00 am

no they are just poor workers its the admin bad management

Posted by Guest on Mar. 13, 2014 @ 7:44 pm

My son is a high school student who took Geometry at SFCC last summer. The registration process was an absolute joke and the staff were rude and disconnected. After many attempts to register, we finally succeeded, but they waived our fees for some reason. He would have paid $500.00 for that class with out hesitating .

He loved the class and his teacher was amazing.

He attempted to take another class this summer, but this time, the process was worse and the same staff workers were even less helpful and had worse attitudes. Completely frustrated, my son decided to walk out and take a class at UC Berkeley instead. It cost him $ 1800.00 of his own money and he has to take bart and buses across the Bay every day. A huge inconvenience, but he simply could not attend City College. It was just too bad. Aside from the outdated systems, and bad staff, the physical campus is deteriorating and the mood among faculty and students is depressing.

Not only did SFCC not change, it got worse. It must be shut down. Enabling that system to continue will have predictable results.

It needs a complete restart. Everyone but the teachers should be let go.

SFCC has the potential to be the best Junior College in the country, but it needs a visionary leader to make it happen, not a progressive former supervisor who believes in the status quo and continuing to enable people and systems that simply do not work.

BTW, the registration process at Berkeley was amazing. The staff were friendly and helpful. But he misses his teacher at City College.

Posted by Chris on Jul. 15, 2013 @ 6:17 am

They're a big part of the problem -their benefits structure and their unions.

What we really need is a private non-union replacement for CCSF.

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