For Immediate Release

May 20, 2014



DC – Bill Silverfarb (202) 225-3531 / (202) 957-4340 cell


CA – Katrina Rill (650) 342-0300 / (650) 208-7441 cell


WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo/Redwood City) made the following statement after the U.S. Department of Education stated in a letter that the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) may offer a good-cause extension to City College of San Francisco after stripping it of its accreditation starting this July, which would close the school due to loss of funds at the state and federal level.

“The actions taken by the ACCJC and its leadership have been counterproductive and will rob 80,000 students of an education. City College is making great strides toward fixing its deficiencies. The ACCJC must stop its cat and mouse games and grant the school more time,” Congresswoman Speier said. “We know now that the ACCJC has the authority to grant a good-cause extension despite previously saying otherwise. I call upon Dr. Beno and the Board of the ACCJC to act now. Higher education in San Francisco is needlessly in doubt but there is a solution. It is time for the ACCJC to recognize the value of City College and its students, rescind the termination and work closely with college officials to meet the schools remaining objectives after already reaching the 85 percent benchmark.”

A lawsuit filed by San Francisco alleges the ACCJC unfairly treated CCSF in its accreditation review process and that there was the appearance of a conflict of interest during that process because the ACCJC president’s husband was part of the team that visited the school. A judge granted the school an injunction until its trial scheduled to start in October.


Congresswoman Jackie Speier is proud to represent California’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo counties. She is a senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Armed Services Committee (HASC). In her role on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Congresswoman is a ranking member on the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements and serves on the Subcommittee on National Security. She serves on the Readiness Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on HASC and is a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Congresswoman Speier was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the Democratic caucus in the 113th Congress.