Proposal for steady funding for SF City College

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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

structure.

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

court.

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.

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