ACCJC puts Beno on leave |Payback $38.9M?

Barbara Beno has been placed on administrative leave by the ACCJC! We do not have the details of why this has occurred at this point. As we can verify correct information we will let you know. Although we are not out of the woods at City College of San Francisco this can only be seen as good news for those who have worked for fair accreditation in California and to save our beloved CCSF.

Barbara Beno should have been gone long ago. Her illegal actions against CCSF should have made the ACCJC realize that. But better late than never.

It has been the hard work of all those at City College of San Francisco who decided to fight back against the outrageous actions of this rogue accreditation agency.

We at AFT 2121 are proud of our membership and the key role that they have played in making this day happen. AFT 2121 reached out to the California Federation of Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers nationally to help put together a coalition of organizations that shined the light on the arbitrary and illegal actions of the ACCJC.

Hopefully this means better days ahead for City College of San Francisco.

The State Chancellor’s office is asking City College of San Francisco to pay back $38.9 million. The money in question has to do with certain online labs that were connected to courses that were taught in-person. None of these classes were only online classes.

City College of San Francisco needs to make sure that we do not have to pay back any funds for work that we can verify. The State Chancellor’s office has said that we owe ALL of the money for an entire course – even though only a small portion of the work is not able to be verified. They want us to pay back money for completed work that can be verified. That simply makes no sense.

Because of the accreditation crisis City College of San Francisco has been extra vigilant in reporting any and all relevant information to the State Chancellor’s office. City College of San Francisco reported this information and should not be punished for this self-reporting.

$22.1 million of the $38.9 million that the State Chancellor’s office wants returned comes from stabilization funds. This in effect has turned the stabilization program from a grant to a loan for the college. That clearly is not what was intended by anyone in the creation of the stabilization fund. All parties including the Department of Finance and the Governor’s office clearly made recommendations for stabilization funds rather than a loan.

We plan to work towards making sure CCSF is treated fairly in this process.

In Unity,

Tim Killikelly
AFT 2121 President

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