State and local teachers' unions said they will file a suit against the accrediting agency that is threatening to shut down CCSF next summer. (Alex Emslie/KQED)
State and local teachers’ unions said they will file a suit against the accrediting agency that is threatening to shut down CCSF next summer. (Alex Emslie/KQED)

Another twist in the saga of City College of San Francisco:

Today, state and local teachers’ unions said they will file suit against the commission that is threatening to terminate CCSF’s accreditation next summer.

Robert Bezemek, an attorney representing the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, said the lawsuit seeks an injunction against the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges for unlawful business practices.

“They can’t fail to adequately measure the quality of education,” said Bezemek at a press conference on the steps of San Francisco City Hall. “They can’t repudiate the public policy of the state. They can’t violate California law. They do all of those things.”

Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, said, “Our action today is just one more step in underscoring the need to restore accreditation and take a look at this commission’s behavior over the last couple of years.”

Union representatives say the lawsuit will be filed in San Francisco Superior Court today.

The accrediting commission said it has not yet been served with a lawsuit and has no comment at this time.

 

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Alex Emslie

Alex Emslie is a news reporter focused on criminal justice policy, policing and legal issues. He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter in 2008 to study journalism at community college in San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Emslie contributed to several Bay Area newspapers and online news outlets before joining KQED in 2013. He loves multimedia reporting, publishing source documents and transparency. He can be reached at aemslie@kqed.org and followed via @SFNewsReporter.

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