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.



Alex Emslie

Alex Emslie is a criminal justice reporter at KQED. He covers policing policy, crime and the courts.

He left Colorado and a career as a carpenter in 2008 to study journalism at City College of San Francisco. He then graduated from San Francisco State University's journalism program with a minor in criminal justice studies. Prior to joining KQED in 2013, Alex freelanced for various news outlets including the Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner and Bay Guardian.

Alex is proud of his work at KQED on a spike in fatal officer-involved shootings in Vallejo, which uncovered that a single officer shot and killed three suspects over the course of five months. Alex's work with a team at KQED on police encounters with people in psychiatric crisis was cited in amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. He received the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Best Scoop award in 2015 for exposing a series of bigoted text messages swapped by San Francisco police officers. He was honored with 2010 San Francisco Peninsula Press Club and California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for breaking news reporting on the trial following the shooting of Oscar Grant. Email: Twitter: @SFNewsReporter.

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