Monday, September 24, 2012
Name the Elephant
City College of San Francisco, the largest insitution of higher learning in California, and the provider of Adult Education in San Francisco, is in jeopardy of losing its accreditation.
This crisis is much in the news lately.
First, some Friendly Fact Reminders:
1. Adult Education is provided under the shelter of either high school districts, as it is here at the San Mateo Adult School and in most locations across California, or community college districts, as it is in San Francisco.
2. What happens at CCSF is what happens to Adult Education in San Francisco, a large city with a great need for Adult Education of all kinds.
3. And what happens at CCSF is also a indicator of what may happen to the other legs of the chair that is California's public education system.
On September 14th, Robert Shireman's September wrote a piece, Broken System Dooms CCSF, in the San Francisco Chronicle's Open Forum. Mr. Shireman blamed CCSF's accreditation problems on shared governance. (Shared governance means CCSF is run not just by administrators but by faculty and students, as well.) He didn't mention the fact every branch of our public education system - K-12, Community College, State University, University of California, and Adult Education has been hacked with budget cuts for years now.
Senator Leland Yee's wrote a strong reponse. In his piece, Faculty Voice Key to CCSF Future, which appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle September 19th, he named the elephant in the room.
That elephant has a first name. It's B-U-D-G-E-T.
And it has a last name. It's C-U-T-S.
Here's the piece in its entirety: