Faculty union claims CCSF failed to disclose spending in complaint

Attorneys for the faculty union at City College of San Francisco filed a complaint Thursday with the state chancellor’s office, claiming the college failed to disclose its spending of taxpayer money and overreported its spending on classroom instruction.

As contract negotiations over faculty salaries continue for more than a year, the American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 has now asked the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to investigate the alleged violations of the state education code.

The faculty union presented evidence in a letter to Acting Chancellor Erik Skinner allegedly showing the college miscategorized spending on faculty pay, putting the college below a state law requiring it to spend half of its funding on classroom instruction.

CCSF spokesperson Jeff Hamilton said state auditors found the college to be in compliance with the 50 percent law in 2014-15, without inaccuracies.

“We have refuted AFT’s baseless charges in various settings repeatedly, including in formal Board Meetings with our Trustees,” Hamilton said. “Their assertions are simply untrue.”

AFT also claims the district failed to separate funds generated through Proposition A, a local parcel tax, from its budget in previous years, raising concerns about transparency for the faculty union.

The faculty union is asking the state to determine whether the college was in compliance with the 50 percent law.

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