SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco’s four members of the state legislature have issued a joint endorsement of City College of San Francisco, with the hope that the show of force will help the school in its battle to regain accreditation.

The joint statement, from Assemblymen Tom Ammiano and Phil Ting and state Senators Leland Yee and Mark Leno, questions the decision to take away the school’s accreditation. In fact, Ammiano points to the school’s academic record as a beacon of hope.

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“Even with the rocky past, they’ve managed to maintain educational excellence. We feel that’s a very powerful message to set,” Ammiano said.

Assemblyman Ting acknowledged that City College of San Francisco still has some issues to deal with and needs to make improvements, but said no one can question its assets to the community.

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“It was important for all of us to come together to really reiterate how important City College is to (not only) the entire city and county of San Francisco, but also to the entire state,” Ting said.

An appeal is being filed, but unless the decision is reversed, City College will close next year and its 85,000 students will have to go elsewhere.

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