The attack against SFCC is just one of the first salvos in the smash and grab policies of Wall Street, the cyber technocrats, and venture capitalists and Wall St.

The first step is taking over the government structure, assuring there is no shared governance, moving in high paid administrators to eventually launch the plan to privatize and corporatize the college.

This is Shock Doctrine smash and grab politics we saw right after Katrina and that is playing itself out now in an atmosphere of right wing austerity.

Not only are the plans for SFCC and the “community colleges” that have thrown out the word “community” to hire part time adjunct faculty and shrink the number of tenured faculty, but it is also aimed at the classified staff of which dozens have already received pink slips.

This is no different than that which occurred at Santa Monica College this last year but that failed due to incompetence of President Tsang, who as a supplicant for Lumina and the Gates Center, failed to keep his cattle herded.

And it is no different than the script which is planned for all community colleges as the Master plan for Education of 1960 is now being hijacked and turned into a two tier system of school to work with liberal arts to be trash canned.

All of this represents an attack on the public commons and this attack is being coordinated by the same forces that created NCLB, Race to the Top and are now closing K-12 schools and creating charters as Trojan horses for the eventual voucherization of public education.

The new “Student learning outcomes” being imposed on community colleges across the nation are now linked with science, technology, engineering and math for it is these jobs that the ruling elite have deemed important in competing against our “banker” – China.

To see more on student learning outcomes, the second branch of the Obama 20/20 plan for higher education (the first being increasing graduation rates from colleges, assuring student loans will be used to grease the wheel) google “Lumina Foundation and Student learning outcomes” and you can read just what they have in mind for the new “{mediating agents” which they call teachers and the use of Massive Open Online Classes) which are replacing teachers at alarming rates and reengineering education to serve the masters of technology and cyber learning.

This is all dressed up in “progress” coupled with the new technology that is peddled by the ruling class that will “free us”.

Do not be beguiled, this is an attempt to foster a coup d’état on SFCC and other colleges.  It is no surprise that SFCC has been singled out along with California.  As a bellwether state it would be to the advantage of the privatizers to attack the fourth largest economy.  After all, they added 81 charter schools in the last year and now are the largest state in the nation for charters.

The struggle against the privatization and reengineering of K-12 and higher education must be organized.  In this way the struggles can be combined, better understood and resources better used to form strategies to defeat the privatizers.

Fighting local with an eye on the national efforts to destroy public education and turn it over to Wall Street would also lead one to see the struggles in Europe, Quebec, Chile and other places where the same plan is being foisted on an unsuspecting public at a time when crisis is being parasitically and opportunistically used to assure access to colleges will be for those “serious students” and those who are not, will find themselves in the streets or worse, in the coffers of the for-profit colleges.
by Bay City News
January 11, 2013 4:22 PM
Hundreds of City College of San Francisco faculty, staff, students and other supporters packed a campus plaza to protest the struggling school’s planned administrative restructuring and use of taxpayer money outside the interim chancellor’s welcome address Friday morning.
The protest, which took place outside the Diego Rivera Theatre on City College’s Ocean campus, stems from ongoing disputes between the community college’s faculty union, American Federation of Teachers Local 2121, and the administration as the school faces accreditation issues.
The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges last July placed City College on “show cause” status and required it to file a report by March 15 showing that significant steps are being taken to resolve the problems, which included having too many campuses and excessive non-instructional faculty costs.
If the school fails to show improvement, it could have its accreditation revoked and be shut down.
At today’s 9 a.m. rally outside where interim City College chancellor Thelma Scott-Skillman was speaking, cuts to faculty salaries and layoffs were highlighted, along with concerns of the use of state Proposition 30 and local Proposition A funding.
Bill Shields, chair of the labor and community studies departments, who has taught at the school for 16 years, said the City College Board of Trustees is scheming to dismantle the department chair structure and replace it with self-selected administrators.
This particular change to the school organization has caused outcry from faculty who believe the department chairs are democratically chosen leaders who have worked through the ranks and have experience as faculty members and involvement with the school before heading a department.
The administrative restructuring would reassign department chairs back to full-time teaching roles, a move school officials said would create savings of more than $2 million annually.
Tarik Farrar, African-American Studies department chair, told the crowd this morning that the administration claims the faculty make too much money and have too much power.
“We may not win this struggle, but we have to fight,” Farrar said.
Faculty union president Alisa Messer said the administration is diverting Prop A money, a parcel tax for CCSF that San Francisco voters approved in the November 2012 election, and is spending it on accreditation purposes.
Messer noted that “accreditation in and of itself is not a bad idea” and that the school needs standards, but the changes are “an imposition from on high.”
Prop A funding will not be available for the City College budget until fiscal year 2013-14, school officials said.
Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled a state budget proposal Thursday that, with funding from voter-approved Prop 30, would prevent community college budget cuts next year.
Some students have joined faculty in the fight to keep programming and student services amid cuts, campus closures and reorganization of the college’s finances and administration.
Ocean Campus Associated Students president Shanell Williams voiced her displeasure with cuts affecting disabled students, counseling services and English as a Second Language programming.
Williams said the students are working in solidarity with the faculty to protect the college’s longstanding model of accessibility and affordability.
Meanwhile, inside the theater, Scott-Skillman gave a grim speech to a sparsely attended welcome event to kick off the spring semester that begins on Monday.
She outlined the goal of the administration to fiscally restructure the college and conceded that the past year has been “confidence-zapping.”
Scott-Skillman noted that an onslaught of criticism of City College is having “a devastating impact on the future of this institution.”
She went on to highlight areas where the school excels, including its biotech, culinary arts and radiology programs, but admitted “there are parts of City College that are broken.”
Referencing recent changes and planned cuts and restructuring, she said, “Reforms are essential for City College’s survival.”
As part of her role in the accreditation process, Scott-Skillman said she has to write a “closure report” by March 15 with plans for affected students in the event that the school loses its accreditation.
“What happens here has major implications across the California community college system,” she said.
Earlier this week, City College officials indicated they will have to ask for more time beyond the March 15 deadline to file a report outlining the steps taken to resolve the school’s problems.
Officials may also ask the accrediting commission to upgrade the school to probationary status when it issues its ruling on June 10.
Sasha Lekach, Bay City News