At the rally in front of Department of education offices, a man sends a message to the accrediting commission, which, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education, has proven to be lacking criteria necessary to make accreditation decisions.

Students of City College of San Francisco will march to City Hall at 4 p.m. today to call on Mayor Ed Lee to take a stand to save the college. Last month, City College was threatened with the loss of accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC.)

In response to multiple criticisms of the accreditation process and demands by teacher’s unions to make the process more transparent, the U.S. Department of Education investigated the practices of the ACCJC. Last week, City College opened its doors for the fall term. At the same time, the accrediting commission was told that they are out of compliance with criteria necessary for recognition by the department as an accrediting institution.

Many City College students, teachers and supporters have wondered why the mayor has not criticized the ACCJC and its decision to close the school in July of 2014 if major changes are not made. Today, marchers will demand that Ed Lee publicly support and promote demands that include dropping all ACCJC sanctions against City College and reversing the cuts that have been caused by the accreditation crisis.

Read more about today’s event here.

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