SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – State and local teachers’ unions have filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court, in the latest attempt to save City College of San Francisco from closing next summer.

In the lawsuit filed on Monday, the California Federation of Teachers and American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 said the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges didn’t follow the rules when deciding to terminate CCSF’s accreditation.

“The decision was ordered without taking into account whether the alleged deficiencies cited by the commission adversely affected the quality of education at City College,” said California Federation of Teachers President Joshua Pechthalt.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit late last month against the ACCJC.

Several San Francisco supervisors were on hand Monday on the steps of City Hall, showing their support for the lawsuit, as was Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, who called the accreditation commission bullies.

“I believe in constructive criticism, but not to be punitive, not to come into my backyard and say, this is the standards that you must keep when you yourself are not meeting those standards,” Ammiano said.

City College of San Francisco is slated to close next July unless the ACCJC decision is reversed, either through appeal or through the courts.

For its part, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges said it has yet to be served with a lawsuit and had no comment.

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