January 3, 2014
AFT's Weingarten on Judge's Ruling to Keep Open City College of San Francisco
WASHINGTON— Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow's preliminary injunction to keep open City College of San Francisco, blocking the action by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to withdraw the college's accreditation, effective July 31, 2014:
"Judge Karnow's preliminary injunction to keep City College of San Francisco operating as a fully accredited college is a huge win for students, the city and the college's teachers. They have been fighting the destructive and vindictive actions of the western regional branch of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, whose singular purpose seems to be revocation of the school's accreditation. City College is a high-quality community college that is an essential, and often the only, higher education option for tens of thousands of students in the San Francisco community. Judge Karnow understood in no uncertain terms that closing the college—especially when the accreditation concerns are so debatable—would be catastrophic and harmful to students, teachers and the city. He recognized that the allegations brought by the city were sufficient to take the case to trial and, in the meantime, keep the school open."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.