BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge is deciding whether a suit that contends that Maryland underfunds its four historically black colleges and universities can go forward to trial in June.

Lawyers representing an advocacy group that sued the Higher Education Commission argued Wednesday that the schools are more segregated now than decades ago.

The suit alleges that the state is not keeping equity promises made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and that current practices are discriminatory. The commission says it hasn’t heard from the office since completing the improvement plan agreement, leading it to interpret that its efforts were satisfactory.

U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake says she will rule soon on whether the case can go forward.

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Comments (7)
  1. Jonathan Chiles says:

    I wonder how the headlines and reactions would be for Historically White Schools. That would be racist….

    1. Can't Fix Stupid says:

      Jonathan we would never see that because it would never happen!

  2. J. B. Douglass says:

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities are not 100% African American, for one williejoe.
    And secondly, they are not “begging for handouts,” they’re requesting the compliance of “equity promises made to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.”

  3. Can't Fix Stupid says:

    Blah! Blah! Blah! Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!

  4. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


  5. Tiffany Ferrell says:

    LOL @ Jonathan. There are historically white schools. All but 105 of the post-secondary institutions in the United States ARE historically white and they have never had a problem with funding because most whites have never have a problem with discrimination.

    Some things you should know…

    In most cases, more than 50% of the staff and faculty at HBCUs are not African American, which means underfunding the schools is underfunding their paychecks.

    None of the 4 historically black schools in Maryland are entirely black student bodies. I’ve been a student at both Bowie and Coppin and they have many other races there to play sports and because the tuition is pretty affordable.

    Unequally funding these schools does a disservice to the entire community. Many institutions have fraternities, sororities, and other programs in place for community service. They sponsor health fairs, clean-ups, and information sessions for the benefit of their surrounding communities. Not to mention, with equal funding these schools would be able to create more jobs in the fields of construction, education, administrative, and janitorial to start.

    In short, regardless of the way it appears to you, equity in funding for these schools is a win-win situation for the entire state of Maryland.

  6. icarenot says:

    I thought segregation ended a long time ago?!?!?!?! O wait……white people got less racist and black people got more racist a long time ago. That old chestnut! Finally biting them in the @$$. lol

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