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With the Jobs of 1,400 PTers in Limbo, DOE Criticizes CCSF Accrediting Panel For Conflicts of Interest

by Will Kane

The commission that decided to revoke City College of San Francisco‘s accreditation next year did not adhere to several federal regulations when it investigated the school system, the Department of Education said in a letter to the body on Tuesday.

It is not immediately clear what impact the federal letter will have, if any, on the 85,000-student college, which is set to lose its accreditation – and probably close – a year from now unless administrators make substantial progress in reforming the school.

“Right now, we don’t know what is happening other than that the letter was issued,”Jennifer Aries, a spokeswoman for the college, said Tuesday. “We’re staying focused on meeting the standards and the eligibility requirements. We have to keep our focus.”

Krista Johns, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges’ vice president for policy research, stressed that the letter would have no impact on the ruling against City College.

“It is not affected by this letter,” she said. “This letter really examines the policies and procedures of the accrediting commission.”

Union complaint

But a leader of the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, which represents faculty at the school, said

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