Interview: Reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez on CCSF trial
Yesterday in San Francisco Superior Court, closing arguments were made in a trial that could decide the future of City College of San Francisco. The school’s accreditation has been hanging in the balance since 2012, when the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) gave an unfavorable evaluation and essentially put City College on probation.
This trial has been brought by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who is asking Judge Curtis Karnow to vacate the accrediting commission’s previous decisions made about City College, and to allow a do-over of the 2012 evaluation. Allegations against the commission include conflicts of interest, unfair application of unclear standards, and targeting City College for political reasons.
Reporter Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez has been following this story since it began two years ago, first for the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and now for the SF Examiner and SF Weekly. He was at the closing arguments yesterday, and spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien earlier today.
At its most basic, the City Attorney's office is alleging that this was an unfair process against City College ... There are a myriad number of complaints, but the basic thing that the City Attorney's office is asking for is for City College to get a second chance and a fairer chance.
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