City Hall Must Take Action to Save City College
Mass Rally Demanding City Govt. Help SF City College.
Thursday, March 14, 4-6 PM
SF City Hall Steps
Polk Street Side
San Francisco City Government needs to help City College of San Francisco continue as a vibrant COMMUNITY College. City College is under threat from a private Accrediting Commission and the state-wide California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Outside manipulation of City College’s affairs has gotten to the point of diverting $14 million in City Proposition A revenue that SF voters approved by a 73% margin to save City College classes, programs, teachers, and staff. It’s time for San Francisco City Government to step in!
City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is a great Community College. The NY Times says it’s the 11th top Community College in the nation. It helps students complete their GEDs, prepares students to transfer to 4-year colleges, and graduates students in the fields of food preparation, nursing, radiology, fire fighting, and many other fields. Thousands of immigrants learn English, older adults take special courses, unemployed workers learn new skills – the list goes on.
But City College is under severe threat, not of closing, but of losing its accreditation unless it bows to the private Accrediting Commission’s demands to narrow its mission down to full-time students planning to transfer to four-year colleges or in vocational certificate programs. No low-income students working while studying, no Lifelong Learning programs for older adults, no Diversity programs specializing in communities of color, no programs for people with disabilities - - in short, no Community in Community Colleges. The state-wide California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office wants to impose this on ALL California Community Colleges, but is starting its attack on San Francisco’s Community College because it’s the biggest and most successful as an inclusive Community College.
San Francisco City Government needs to:
1) Spend Prop A funds as 73% of voters intended,
2) Intervene to make sure Prop A is followed, since the CCSF Trustees won’t do it.
3) Issue a bridge loan until Prop A and Prop 30 funds arrive, or better yet to dip into City reserves and help City College, which is a City public school.
4) Reverse the cuts to CCSF programs and classes, and in general Take a Stand for City College.
5) Resist the privatization of City College, which would be the result if City College dropped programs whose students would be forced into private, for-profit schools for vocational or other training.
Download and circulate our petition to Save City College.
It’s at http://tinyurl.com/b6e2hx9
Send filled petitions to:
Associated Students of SF City College
Shannell Williams, Student Body President
50 Phelan Avenue
Student Union 209 & 213
San Francisco, CA. 94112