San Francisco was dealt a huge blow earlier this week when a private panel announced the stunning decision to revoke City College of San Francisco's accreditation, citing, among other things, fiscal mismanagement. Since California law prohibits taxpayer money from going to unaccredited institutions, the decision may mean the college -- a vital lifeline to 85,000 immigrant, working class, and elderly students -- may be forced to close its doors. The decision could take effect on July 31, 2014 but will likely be appealed by the college.
"This announcement clearly shows that the (accrediting commission) is an out-of-control, rogue institution that must be stopped by the (U.S.) Department of Education," Wendy Kaufman, an engineering instructor and leader of the Save City College Coalition, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Meanwhile, people reacted on Twitter with shock and outrage at the decision. Check out some of the chatter after the jump, and stay tuned to Colorlines for news and analysis.