ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied Wednesday for a resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs.
Advocates say Maryland fostered segregation by allowing better-funded academic programs at traditionally white universities, undermining historically black schools.READ MORE: 'We Cannot Accept This': Teens Shot In Baltimore Thursday Still In Hospital, One In Grave Condition; Police Following Leads
Lawyers representing the HBCU coalition proposed the state pay over $577 million.
Gov. Larry Hogan says that $200 million over a 10-year period is his, “final offer.”
But schools say it isn’t enough, arguing HBCUs need that much money to develop unique, in-demand academic programs that will attract students of all races.READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott To Hold COVID-19 News Conference
“We need buildings, renovations. We need funding for programming, scholarships,” those at the rally told WJZ. “We need more.”
The state and schools were unable to reach a settlement after a court-ordered mediation earlier this year.
Now, the debate has moved to the public arena.MORE NEWS: President Joe Biden To Visit Emergent BioSolutions' Baltimore Lab Making Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine Next Week, White House Confirms
If the state and the schools can’t come to an agreement, the case will head to the federal appeals court.