I didn't think this could ever happen, but Joe Fitzgerald, the Guardian freelancer who has done the best coverage of the whole City College mess of anyone in town, just called with this scoop: City College has lost its accreditation.
It's horrible. It's unimaginable.
I just got off the phone with John Rizzo, president of the Community College Board, and he's livid. "We did so much," he told me. "We did everything [the accreditation board] asked us to do. We fired half the deans. We did five management restucturings. I can't believe it."
The mayor is holding a press conference by phone with the state chancellor -- and none of the current board members are allowed on the call. "It's a stolen press conference," Rizzo said.
Possible outcomes: Of course, the board can and will appeal. The state chancellor could take over the district. Some other district (say, San Mateo) could take it over.
But no matter what, it throws Prop. A, which allocates $15 million a year to City College, in doubt -- that money can't go to the state or to San Mateo.
What a mess. I'll keep you posted as I learn more.