SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)
A state senator today introduced legislation that would help
stabilize funding for City College of San Francisco while the school
continues its fight to stay accredited.
Senate Bill 965, introduced by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco,
would provide steady funding for the next four years for City College, which
last year had a regional commission decide to revoke its accreditation
effective this July, citing problems with its finances and governance
The school is appealing the decision by the Accrediting Commission
for Community and Junior Colleges, and a San Francisco Superior Court judge
last month issued a stay of the decision until lawsuits filed against the
commission by the city attorney and the school’s teachers can play out in
City College officials say the uncertainty over the accreditation
issue has caused student enrollment to drop by about 16 percent since last
year, resulting in a corresponding drop in the amount of state funding the
school will be eligible for next year.
Leno said, “That causes a vicious cycle, a downward spiral” that
could damage or destroy the school — an outcome he said can be prevented if
his bill passes.
The bill would allow City College to receive funding for the
2014-15 fiscal year at the same level as the current year, then at no less
than 95 percent of that level in 2015-16; no less than 90 percent in 2016-17;
and no less than 85 percent in 2017-18.