By Stevanie Wazna-Blank

A community coalition of educators, parents and students, called “Close The Gap,” held a rally in front of City College of San Francisco’s Mission District campus last Monday to urge the school’s board of trustees to create a sustainable budget in the face of possible shut-down from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

The coalition formed last fall to help address the educational opportunity gap in San Francisco public schools. The group aims to create opportunities for low income and English language learner students.

Possible cuts to CCSF’s programs could make the opportunity gap even worse, said Matthew Hardy, a spokesperson for the United Educators of San Francisco.

“The cuts proposed by the administration really do threaten the opportunities of the students who attend the school,” he said last week at the rally.

The cuts are proposed in response to specific demands from the accreditation committee, to prevent the school from being shut down.

“There are ways to support the accreditation process and also support the education process,” Hardy said, “Because those two things are not always the same. We support an accreditation process that upholds quality education, but unfortunately that’s not what we see happening here.”

For previous Mission Local coverage of this topic, read here.

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