S.F. City College canceling most summer school classes due to budget shortfall

'If you're $12 million in the hole, you have to protect the future,' school says

City College of San Francisco is canceling most classes in its upcoming summer session to offset a $12 million budget shortfall, a school spokeswoman said.

School officials notified students this week that, except for state-mandated vocational programs, no summer classes will be offered due to severe state budget cuts.

"This has been heart wrenching for us because it's something that we're forced to do simply because of economics," school spokeswoman Martha Lucey said. "If you're $12 million in the hole, you have to protect the future."

Lucey said the decision will ensure that no classes are cut for the fall term, when the school typically receives large numbers of incoming freshmen from area high schools.

She said students have been angry about the decision, but "understand that this is coming from Sacramento."

School officials will support a March 4 statewide rally planned against cuts to education, Lucey said. On March 22, City College students will also be traveling on buses to Sacramento to "bring the message to the governor and the legislators," she said.

Some of the vocational programs that will still be offered over the summer include health care technology, diagnostic medical imaging, and radiology. Other classes covered by outside grants may also be available, according to Lucey.

City College is also still offering College for Teens, a fee-based program that allows San Francisco Unified High School students to get credits for taking courses in the program during the summer, Lucey said.

The program could be useful to high school students in the city that might also have summer school classes cut due to SFUSD's own large budget shortfall, she said.

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Amador Estates
on Feb 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Aren't there enough full-time faculty to keep at least a few summer classes open? Or does their salary only include fall through spring assignments?

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Posted by Gunslinger Joe
a resident of Castlewood
on Feb 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Um, let's see. Educators bad, unions bad, Obama bad, don't tax me, GOP forever, tea bag, hippie mayor, those darn kids, "I have a friend who..."

Have I covered all the usual PW replies?

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Posted by Unions are the problem
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2010 at 5:38 am

March 4 should also be a march against unions.

The 3 point system implemented thanks to Davis is killing the economy in California. We have people that are younger than 60 retiring with handsome six figure incomes - at the expense of the taxpayer, and in order to meet those obligations, we don't have enough for basic services like education.

There has to be a way to void all those unreasonable union contracts.

The unions, combined with ineffective "leadership" in Sacramento are really destroying public eduation.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 15, 2010 at 9:54 am

Unions have been around for decades and they will remain, like it or not!

Maybe the WAR that you were so delighted to support cost too much?

quit the whining, give it a rest, tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

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