Students, Teachers March Today to "Defend" City College

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Some people would call this "smart"
Last week, the Education Gods upset San Francisco's learning community when it announced plans to revoke City College's accreditation, claiming it's failed to deal with serious problems regarding academics and fiscal management.

That news sounded to students about as pleasant as nails on a chalkboard.

Needless to say, students aren't leaving class without a fight. At 4 p.m. today, the masses -- students, teachers, people who care -- will gather at City College's downtown campus (488 Fourth St.) where they'll march down to the Department of Education on Beale Street and fight the very education policies (privatization and corporatization) that they say are screwing college students in San Francisco.

In July 2012, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges issued an "unwarranted sanction" demanding the college "show cause" to City College of San Francisco. According to Save CCSF, this was one step away from forcing the college to shut down, despite the fact that CCSF has excellent educational programs and is considered one of the top community colleges in the nation.

Those threats of closure have been used to cut student programs, impose non-negotiated salary cuts to faculty, and lay off staff, the group says. "This strategy to downsize and privatize public education has done great harm to CCSF students who are largely people of color, immigrants and working-class for whom CCSF is a lifeline."

Then on July 3, the ACCJC made headlines when it announced it would revoke CCSF's accreditation as of July 31, 2014.

"We will not let this stand. We demand that the DOE investigate the ACCJC and revoke their authority," Save CCSF said on its Facebook page where it announced plans for today's rally.

The group has even started a petition, asking the Department of Education to dismantle the ACCJC, which has point-blank said it doesn't think the college can reverse course under the current leadership.

Per the petition:

To reverse the unjust move of the ACCJC (Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges) to cancel City College of San Francisco's accreditation, the Department of Education must immediately rescind its recognition of the ACCJC. The ACCJC is an illegitimate organization that has violated state and federal laws, as well as their own policies. Their agenda to downsize and privatize public education has tremendously harmed the diverse communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. We call on the Department of Education to save CCSF by revoking its recognition of the ACCJC and replacing it with a transparent and publicly accountable accreditation body.

So if you're feeling particularly partial to education or great weather, then head on down to the rally and show the Department of Education how to be the teacher's pet.





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