(this is the letter we are bringing to the forum after the press conference with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, and State Senator Jim Beall)
November 1st, 2013
We the Students of the Save CCSF Coalition thank you for your presence here as we struggle to keep the integrity of our City College (and all California community colleges) intact. We know we are not the first or the last ones in this fight, and we call on you, as we have called on the community, for support.
Voters of San Francisco have passed Prop A (and the state of California has passed Prop 30, and 32,) to provide CCSF with funding adequate to prevent cuts to classes, services, and faculty. Despite this, cuts have taken place in the name of a "financial crisis". Special trustee Robert Agrella has been appointed due to the "Show Cause" sanction by the Accreditation Commission for Junior Colleges, (the ACCJC). Since Dr. Agrella came into office, disaster has struck. Our board of democratically elected trustees no longer have decision making power, and these cuts have taken place behind closed doors. Our mission statement has been changed. Cultural Enrichment, Life Long Learning, citizen preparation, G.E.D., and life skills have been removed from our Mission statement. This dismantles our vision as a community college.
On top of all this, a new chancellor has been hired. His name is Arthur Tyler, and he was appointed special trustee of Compton College after it was put on the "Show Cause" sanction by the ACCJC. Compton College was dismantled, so in essence, this guy failed. He should not be our chancellor.
We must keep City College in the hands of San Francisco!
This can be done by getting our College Board of Trustee's back. We don't want public education jeopardized any longer by the ACCJC, which is a rogue agency that plucks education from the public sector. They should be shut down. As you work with your colleagues in Congress on a budget for 2013-2014, please make sure there is enough money for higher education so that City College of San Francisco has the resources it needs to provide an excellent education for everyone in San Francisco who needs it. Please help us save our school, our community, and our San Francisco.
The Students of the Save CCSF Coalition.
Added to the calendar on Tuesday Nov 5th, 2013 12:26 PM