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Will a Lawsuit Save the Jobs of 1,464 PTers at City College of San Francisco?

by Nanette Asimov

AdjunctNation reported in July 2013 that at the City College of San Francisco, 1,464 part-time faculty jobs are on the line. One month later, we also reported on the Department of Education’s harsh criticism of the accreditation report that led to the threatened shut down of the institution. A statewide faculty union filed suit in late-September to try to stop a commission from revoking City College of San Francisco’s accreditation next summer, which would shut down the venerated but troubled school of 80,000 students.

The lawsuit by the California Federation of Teachers follows a similar suit filed last month in Superior Court by San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera. Both suits claim the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges acted improperly in the year leading up to its shocking announcement in July.

But the union’s suit hits the commission with accusations that go “further and broader” than Herrera’s, said its attorney, Bob Bezemek, at a news conference at San Francisco’s City Hall that drew faculty and student leaders, five city supervisors and a state assemblyman.

Among the union’s claims:

— It was a conflict of interest for the commission’s president, Barbara Beno, to appoint her husband, 

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