ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An attorney representing Maryland’s four historically black colleges is urging the state to settle a long-running lawsuit over disparities in programs for $577 million “over a reasonable period of time.”
Michael Jones wrote Tuesday to lawmakers, after mediation failed in July.
Jones notes that Mississippi settled its HBCU case nearly 20 years ago for about $517 million.
Jones says that is about $791 million in today’s dollars.
Jones says if Mississippi could afford that, “surely Maryland can afford a lesser amount to remedy its constitutional violation.”
The colleges say the state underfunded them while developing programs at traditionally white schools.
A federal judge ruled in favor of the HBCUs in 2013, saying the state unnecessarily duplicated programs.
The state proposed a settlement last year of $100 million over 10 years.
(© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)