CCSF Students Want Help From City Hall To Fight Cuts

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Students at two City College of San Francisco campuses walked out of classes Thursday to protest a broad array of budget cuts as the school faces the possible loss of its accreditation.

At the Ocean Avenue campus, a student leader roused fellow classmates to walk out to the cheers of the student body. They then headed onto BART trains to go to a larger rally at the college’s Mission Campus, followed by a march to City Hall.

“A whole bunch of classes are being cut and a whole bunch of teachers are being laid off. 100,000 students were here five years ago now there are 85,000, which means 15,000 students have been affected,” said Jorge Romano, a worried student.

Last July, a college accrediting commission said City College’s finances were a disaster and gave them a deadline of March 15 to submit a report on how they plan on getting things in order.

City College Chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman is set to propose campus closures, course reductions and teacher layoffs.

“We’re actually looking at expanding the class offerings in the fall, but in order to get a balanced budget, which we’re legally required to do, we have had to make some adjustments,” said Larry Kamer a school spokesperson.

The students have said they wanted leaders at San Francisco City Hall to help out the school financially.

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