Accrediting commission head gives surprising testimony at San Francisco City College trial

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SAN FRANCISCO — The president of an accrediting commission says she edited language favorable to City College of San Francisco out of a report and also didn't give the school a chance to defend itself.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( ) says Barbara Beno made the surprising admissions Tuesday during a trial that challenges a decision by the commission to revoke accreditation for City College.

Losing accreditation could shut down the college, which has 79,000 students.

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco are trying to prove that the commission had political motives for denying accreditation, engaged in unfair practices and illegally denied the school due process when citing it for deficiencies.

The commission denies wrongdoing.

The case resumes Wednesday.

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