Maryland HBCUs Win Lawsuit To End Inequality In Funding

November 12, 2017  |  

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities throughout the United States have been underfunded for quite some time. The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities reported in 2013 that HBCUs did not received the $57 million in funding they were in entitled to. A Maryland judge ruled that the four HBCUs in the state receive more funding in a decade-old lawsuit, the Washington Post reports.

A group of alumni from Morgan State University, Coppin State University, Bowie State University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore formed a coalition in 2006 to address the racial segregation between these schools and the other Maryland universities. They claim that the black universities’ programs would be underfunded while other state schools duplicated their programs, which would negatively affect recruitment and enrollment at the state’s black schools.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake ruled in the coalition’s favor and issued an injunction against that state that puts an end to “maintaining vestiges of the prior . . . system of segregation in the form of unnecessary program duplication in the public higher education system.”

A monitor will now be appointed to create programs, provide annual funding for marketing, financial aid, student recruitment and any school initiatives.

Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said this court order is “truly historic.”

“Our historically black colleges and universities play a critical role in the educational landscape of our country, and with proper support and funding from the state, they can attract racially diverse pools of students,” she said.


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