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Assemblymember Phil Ting Issues Statement Regarding CCSF Accreditation Decision

For immediate release:

Sacramento - Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting released the following statement regarding the decision announced today by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges to terminate CCSF's accreditation effective July 31, 2014.

"The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) has made their decision, and now it's the time to move forward and respond. The ACCJC evaluation report of 2012 was a clear and well documented roadmap to fix the problems that led to this decision. Those fixes must continue during the appeal process.

Keeping the doors open and maintaining educational programs for the 85,000 students attending CCSF has to be the utmost priority. It is a matter of educational justice. CCSF is a valuable resource for students who want to continue their education at CSU or UC or start a new career. Attending CCSF can be a new beginning, a shot at finally getting that GED, a chance to learn English, or acquire a skill that leads to meaningful employment.

Ironically, this news comes at a time when the California economy is rebounding and funding for public education is increasing. We can't underestimate how important the largest community college in the state is to our economic recovery. I am optimistic that the state rescue plan is the pathway to renewed accreditation and educational continuity for the students."

Contact: Carol Chamberlain, (916) 319-2019