A Board of Trustees meeting at City College of San Francisco turned heated when dozens of protesting students stormed the room, calling for the board’s resignation and opposing a move to assign a special trustee from the state to oversee the school’s troubled finances, the Huffington Post reports. The meeting was intended to address the community college’s budget crisis and impending closure.
“No cuts, no fees, education should be free,” and “we don’t want austerity, no to the special trustee,” students chanted, according to The Examiner. They cited fears that the school would go private, which could result in soaring costs. With a student population of 86,000, CCSF is the largest public school in California. But after a review by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges revealed a financial crisis and “leadership weakness at all levels,” the school now faces loss of accreditation, closure and possible bankruptcy. CCSF has until October 15 to submit a plan of action, and until March to save the school. If the board hadn’t voted in favor, the state chancellor’s office would have appointed one…
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